July 18, 2016 10:52
Korean Air and Asiana Airlines are taking different approaches to deal with changes in industry conditions due to the growth of low-cost carriers.
Asiana has decided to divide up flight routes with its budget daughters Air Seoul and Air Busan, while Korean Air is sharing routes with its cheaper affiliate Jin Air.
Air Seoul said Friday it will take on two of Asiana's 20 routes to Japan and begin flights on Oct. 7. They are Incheon to Shizuoka and Takamatsu. It will also launch new flights to Nagasaki and Ube, while taking over from Asiana some Southeast Asian flights.
An Air Seoul staffer said, "Air Busan will focus on domestic flights, while Air Seoul will concentrate on short-range international flights, leaving Asiana to handle mid- to long-distance international flights and minimizing overlapping routes and unnecessary costs."
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