British Airways Announces New Route To Asia

British Airways is delivering on its promise to increase long haul flying to Asia following IAG’s purchase of bmi, by announcing a new route to Seoul in South Korea.

British Airways begins selling flights to the capital city today (May 3, 2012) and the service will begin on December 2, 2012.

A Boeing 777, with First class, Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy) cabins, will serve the six flights a week to Seoul.

The outbound flight to Seoul arrives at the beginning of the working day there and the flights have been timed in order to allow convenient connections to British Airways’ extensive domestic and European short haul network to and from Heathrow.

Drew Crawley, British Airways’ commercial director, said: “We have seen significant growth in customers wanting to travel to Seoul for both business and pleasure. It is a vibrant city with a strong economic base, rated eighth in the Global Cities Index this year.

“Equally, there are vast numbers of South Korean companies wishing to come to the UK to do business as Asia’s economies continue to grow. We want to ensure that we do our bit in bringing as much business and tourism to the UK as we can.”

Prices from Heathrow will start from £798 return for a World Traveller seat, £1,196 for World Traveller Plus, £2,599 in Club World and £5,775 for First class.

There are also great fares from the UK regions, including Manchester from £799, Glasgow from £798 and Newcastle from £797 return.

Accommodation is also available through British Airways, with the 3* Novotel Seoul Ambassador Doksan starting from £94 per room per night, the 4* Hyatt Regency Incheon starting from £143 per room per night and the 5* InterContinental Seoul Coex starting from £183 per room per night.

Book online at or call 0844 493 0787.


May 3, 2012 054/AA/2012

Notes to editors:
· British Airways last flew direct to Seoul between 1996 and 1998.
· All prices quoted are based on a return flight and include taxes, fees and charges.
· The schedule for British Airways’ new flight to Seoul is:
Flight number From To Local departure time Local arrival time Days of the week flight operates
BA017 Heathrow Terminal 5 Seoul Incheon 13:00 08:55 (the next day) Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun
BA018 Seoul Incheon Heathrow Terminal 5 10:45 14:00 Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun

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