VGP - Air Seoul Inc., a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines of the Republic of Korea will open a new route to Ha Noi in December as it diversifies its routes amid lower demand for travel to Japan.
As scheduled, starting from December 16, air Seoul plans to offer seven flights a week to Ha Noi as it strives to strengthen services on Southeast Asian routes to offset sharply lower travel demand to Japan, the company said in a statement.
It will offer seven flights per week to the Vietnamese capital.
Demand on the Japanese routes has fallen sharply since early July when Tokyo implemented restrictions on the export of key materials to the Republic of Korea.
Korean airlines have halted or reduced services on their Japanese routes, while expanding flights to other countries.
This is one of the new strategies of the company to diversify services, especially on the Southeast Asian routes, amid lower demand for travel to Japan.
Air Seoul is a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines, South Korea's second-largest major airline after Korean Air.
Currently, Korean carriers such as Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Jeju Air and T'Way Air are operating daily flights from Seoul to Ha Noi.
Viet Nam is a leading tourism choice for RoK tourists, ranking third after Japan and mainland China, with the number of visitors expected to increase by 30% this year to four million, according to Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI).
In addition, the Republic of Korea is one of Viet Nam's top trade partners and investors, with electronics giant Samsung making up almost 25% of Viet Nam's exports last year which was $245 billion.
By Vien Nhu