Korean Air will resume routes to Barcelona and Rome next month

  • Korean Airline Boeing 787
    korean air

    IATA/ICAO code:
    KE/KAL

    Airline type:
    Full service carrier

    Hub(s):
    Incheon International Airport

    Year of foundation:
    1969

    Alliance:
    SkyTeam

    CEO:
    Walter Cho

    Country:
    South Korea

Korean Air will resume flights to Rome and Barcelona next month after being forced to suspend those routes in March 2020 due to the pandemic. The resumptions come as the Korean airline gradually restores its network of European routes, with Barcelona the first Spanish city to be restored and Rome the second Italian city after Milan.

Fly from September

Rome

Nonstop flights from Seoul to Rome will be restored on September 1, with a regular frequency of three times a week. Flight operations will use the airline’s Boeing 777-200ER, which seats 261 passengers in three cabin classes, offering 1,566 seats per week.

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flight number Departure time Arriving time Frequency
KE 931 (ICN – FCO) 13:00 19:30 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
KE 932 (FCO – ICN) 21:25 15:40 +1

Before the pandemic, around 430,800 passengers and more than 18,000 tonnes of cargo moved between Incheon and Rome, all in 1,645 flight operations from multiple carriers. Figures show that Rome was the fourth busiest European destination served by Incheon International Airport.

Korean Air previously used the Boeing 777-300ER (pictured above) for the Incheon-Rome route. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | single flight

Barcelona

And after a 29-month absence, Korean Air will resume flights to Spain the next day. The airline will fly three times a week to Barcelona using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with capacity for 269 passengers in two cabin classes, offering 1,614 seats per week.

flight number Departure time Arriving time Frequency
KE 915 (ICN – BCN) 11:40 19:00 Mondays, Wednesdays,
KE 916 (BCN – ICN) 21:00 16:05 +1

Around 203,680 passengers and 11,700 tons of cargo were transported to the Catalan capital from Incheon via more than 870 flight operations in 2019. Incheon has long been considered the main route in the Asia-Pacific region from El Prat.

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European restoration

Celebrating the resumption of the two European cities, Jumin Kim, General Manager and Director of Western Europe Regional Office of Korean Air, said:

“We are delighted to be welcoming passengers back to Rome and Barcelona after two and a half years. The European market is recovering faster than expected and we are seeing a strong return to travel demand. We have recently resumed our routes to Milan and Vienna and increased capacity on other routes. We will continue to closely monitor market trends and restore our remaining network accordingly as we work towards a full recovery.”

With the last two takeovers, the Skyteam member airline’s current schedule in Europe totals nine cities, including a five-times-a-week schedule to Amsterdam on Airbus A330-200s, daily flights to Paris on Boeing 777-300ERs and five times – weekly flights to Frankfurt by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Korean Air also flies once a week to Istanbul by Airbus A330-200 and five times a week to London Heathrow by Boeing 777-300ER.


Although Rome and Barcelona remain the only two European destinations to resume, Korean Air already has plans for additional resumes. From October 30, flights between Incheon and Madrid will be restored and flights to Prague will resume the next day.

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