Korean Air is launching a dedicated cargo service to Budapest (BUD) from 21 February 2020, deploying a B777F. The airline says the new cargo route is in response to growing air cargo demand to Hungary. The two-times a week service will operate on Fridays and Sundays, departing Incheon at 07:20 and returning after making stops at Budapest and Frankfurt.
“With the sharp boost of air cargo demand to Hungary due to the import for mobile devices from China and e-commerce from Korea, Korean Air forecasts improved profitability by developing the new cargo market,” the carrier says.
Korean is also launching a new scheduled passenger service between Incheon (ICN) and Budapest (BUD) to be operated three times a week – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The route will be operated with an A330-200.
The carrier notes that not only is there high travel demand for tourists, but also for businesses as many Korean companies are located in Hungary due to the Hungarian government’s investment policy in the car manufacturing industry.
“With the launch of the new direct service, Korean Air will reinforce its competitiveness in its network to Europe and take an advantageous position in the East European market,” it says.
Korean Air will operate international flights to 115 cities in 44 countries, with the addition of the new route.