BA resumes flights to Seoul – but I’ll still fly Asiana

by Philip Gowman on 4 December, 2012

in Asides | Travel

British Airways resumed direct flights to Seoul on 2 December 2012 – a service they stopped back in 1998, in the aftermath of the so-called IMF Crisis. That was then. This is now: “We have seen significant growth in customers wanting to travel to Seoul for both business and pleasure,” said BA’s commercial director in a press release back in May this year. This new service provides six flights per week using a Boeing 777.

But why would you want to fly BA when you can fly Asiana and eat Korean food, watch Korean films and listen to Korean music on the flight? Of course, you could fly Korean Air, but they don’t support Korean culture in London the way Asiana does, so I try to fly Asiana if I can.

Latest on the tourism deficit: at least 10 million visitors will travel to Korea on holiday this year (the 10 millionth arrived on 21 November); while 13.7 million Koreans are expected to holiday abroad.

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Facebook Feedback December 5, 2012 at 11:08 pm

서방앤: I would love to try Asiana but so far they have just been too expensive when I’ve needed to go. Korean Air proved incapable of providing vegetarian Korean food, despite promising to do so, on both legs of the journey. I don’t want a long haul flight subsisting on little bags of peanuts ever again so have to opt for the bland western veggie meal. That gripe aside, since discovering KBS’s ‘7080 Concert’, a music programme that brings back folk and pop singers if the past to perform their old hits, a flight to Korea is never quite long enough!

However, we’ve mostly take Finnair because it’s usually more economical. My only complaint with that excellent airline is that they don’t allow a stop over in Helsinki, one of the lovliest cities in the world.

SHOUVIK DATTA December 6, 2012 at 9:12 am

I was surprised BA had stopped flights to such an important destination at all.

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