Air Seoul

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Air Seoul
Logo of Air Seoul.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded7 April 2015
Commenced operations11 July 2016
Operating basesIncheon International Airport (Seoul)
Fleet size7
Parent companyAsiana Airlines (100%)
Headquarters176, Haneul-gil, Gangseo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Key peopleCho Kyu-yung, CEO
Air Seoul
Revised RomanizationEeo seoul
McCune–ReischauerEŏ sŏul

Air Seoul is a South Korean low-cost carrier and a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines. The airline is based at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, from which it operates flights to international destinations. It launched operations on 11 July 2016.


Since early 2014, Asiana Airlines had considered launching a second low-cost carrier (LCC) in addition to Air Busan. It initially faced difficulties in proceeding with the project because of the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash in July 2013.[1] Asiana has only a minority 46% stake in Air Busan, while it has a controlling stake in Air Seoul.[2] Air Busan is based in Busan, which has allowed other LCCs such as Jin Air and Jeju Air to fill the Seoul market; Air Seoul is based in Seoul.[3] The goals of Air Seoul are to strengthen Asiana's competition with other South Korean LCCs and to improve Asiana's performance in certain markets, such as secondary Japanese cities.[1][3]

The airline was established on 7 April 2015. In June 2016, Air Seoul operated trial flights within South Korea.[4] On 5 July 2016, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced it had granted Air Seoul its air operator's certificate. Flights between Seoul–Gimpo and Jeju commenced on 11 July.[5][6] The airline started flights to Japan in October 2016, its first international routes[7] and has since moved to become a purely international airline.

In 2018, it carried 1.7 million passengers in 2018, up by 109% from 2017.[8]

On 16 December 2019, Air Seoul starts to launch operation Hanoi – Seoul route. The airline has confirmed that Tam Vuong become an official representaitive of Air Seoul in Vietnam[9][10]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Air Seoul is a fully owned subsidiary of Asiana Airlines.[11] Its headquarters are located in the Kumho Asiana Main Tower in Seoul, and its Chief Executive Officer is Cho Kyu-yung.

On 1 January 2018, Air Seoul inaugurated its new Chief Executive Officer,[12][13] formerly Ryu Kwang-hee.[14]


As of October 2019, Air Seoul flies the following destinations:[15]

Air Seoul Destinations
Country City Airport Notes Refs
Cambodia Siem Reap Siem Reap International Airport [16]
China Linyi Linyi Shubuling Airport [17]
Zhangjiajie Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport [18]
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport [19]
Japan Fukuoka Fukuoka Airport [20]
Hiroshima Hiroshima Airport Terminated [16][21]
Kumamoto Kumamoto Airport Terminated [22][23]
Nagasaki Nagasaki Airport [16]
Naha Naha Airport Terminated [24][25]
Osaka Kansai International Airport [19]
Sapporo New Chitose Airport [26]
Shizuoka Shizuoka Airport Terminated [16][27]
Takamatsu Takamatsu Airport [16]
Tokyo Narita International Airport [19]
Toyama Toyama Airport Terminated [23][28]
Ube Yamaguchi Ube Airport Terminated [23][28]
Yonago Miho–Yonago Airport [16]
Macau Macau Macau International Airport Terminated [16][29]
Malaysia Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu International Airport [16]
Philippines Kalibo Kalibo International Airport [30]
South Korea Jeju Jeju International Airport [31][32]
Seoul Gimpo International Airport [31][32]
Incheon International Airport Hub [31]
United States Guam Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport [19]
Vietnam Da Nang Da Nang International Airport [26]
Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport [33]
Nha Trang Cam Ranh International Airport [33]


Air Seoul Airbus A321 at Seoul's Incheon airport
Air Seoul Airbus A321 parked at Siem Reap, Cambodia

As of October 2019, Air Seoul operates the following aircraft:[34][35]

Air Seoul Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
P M E Total
Airbus A321-200 7 12 30 129 171
30 165 195
30 190 220
Total 7


On 7 November 2016, Air Seoul announced that it had collaborated with Naver Webtoon to produce safety video. Some of the works featured in this video include Denma, The Sound of Heart, and Noblesse.[36]

Air Seoul began offering an in-flight magazine entitled Your Seoul to passengers in January 2017. The magazine advertises the tourist attractions in the airline's hub city, Seoul.[37]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Asiana Airlines' new Seoul-based LCC subsidiary will be closely coordinated with its parent". CAPA Centre for Aviation. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  2. ^ Kim, Rahn (7 January 2015). "Asiana will set up another budget airline". The Korea Times. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Asiana Airlines Part 1: Air Seoul approval received. Asiana has a window to regain LCC initiative". CAPA Centre for Aviation. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Profile on Air Seoul". CAPA Centre for Aviation. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Air Seoul receives its AOC". CAPA Centre for Aviation. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  6. ^ Yoon, Ja-young (5 July 2016). "Air Seoul to start operation next week". The Korea Times. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Air Seoul launches international flights". 10 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  8. ^ "South Korea aviation market: a decade of rapid growth driven by LCCs". CAPA. 2 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Tam Vuong officially become representative of Air Seoul in Vietnam". VietAIR. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  10. ^ "Thông tin về hãng hàng không Air Seoul năm 2020". VietAIR (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  11. ^ Kim, Jung-hwan (15 July 2016). "Korea's new Air Seoul to provide international flight in Oct". Pulse by Maeil Business Newspaper. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  12. ^ "History". Air Seoul. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  13. ^ Park, Gyeong-hun (28 February 2018). "[Who Is ?] 조규영 에어서울 대표이사". Business Post. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Message from the CEO". Air Seoul. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Air Seoul Introduction". Air Seoul. 14 February 2019.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h "Air Seoul files preliminary international schedule from 16Q4". Routesonline. 25 July 2016.
  17. ^ Liu, Jim. "Air Seoul adds Linyi service from Nov 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  18. ^ "에어서울, 장자제 직항편 개설..."장자제 직항편 LCC 중 처음"" (in Korean). Financial News. 4 October 2019.
  19. ^ a b c d "Air Seoul planned new routes in Sep/Oct 2017". Routesonline. 26 June 2017.
  20. ^ "Air Seoul adds Fukuoka service from late-Aug 2018". Routesonline. 2 August 2018.
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Air Seoul schedules Kumamoto service from April 2017". Routesonline. 17 February 2017.
  23. ^ a b c "에어서울, 日 5개 노선 축소…"추가 조정 검토 중"". Routesonline. 13 August 2019.
  24. ^ "Air Seoul plans Okinawa launch in Sep 1018". Routesonline. 2 August 2018.
  25. ^ Liu, Jim. "Air Seoul Sep/Oct 2019 Japan service changes". Routesonline. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  26. ^ a b "Air Seoul schedules new routes in S18". Routesonline. 18 April 2018.
  27. ^
  28. ^ a b "Air Seoul flies schedule for additional Japan service in W16". Routesonline. 17 August 2016.
  29. ^ "Air Seoul ends Macau service in late-March 2018". Routesonline. 20 March 2018.
  30. ^ "Air Seoul adds Kalibo service from Dec 2017". Routesonline. 26 October 2017.
  31. ^ a b c "Air Seoul Begins Operation from July 2016". Routesonline. 7 July 2016.
  32. ^ a b "에어서울, 일본발 악재에 '국내선' 유턴" (in Korean). 30 August 2019.
  33. ^ a b "에어서울, 동계 시즌부터 국내선 사업 진출···"日 노선 대폭 축소"" (in Korean). 28 August 2019.
  34. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 19.
  35. ^ "Aircraft Guidance". Air Seoul. 14 February 2019.
  36. ^ "에어서울, '웹툰 캐릭터 등장' 기내 안전영상 제작" (in Korean). Money Today. 7 November 2016.
  37. ^ Won, Ho-jung (12 January 2017). "Air Seoul launches in-flight magazine 'Your Seoul'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2017.

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