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Air Seoul
Logo of Air Seoul.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 7 April 2015
Commenced operations 11 July 2016
Operating bases Incheon International Airport (Seoul)
Fleet size 6
Destinations 16
Parent company Asiana Airlines (100%)
Key people Ryu Kwang-hee, CEO
Air Seoul
Hangul 에어서울
Revised Romanization Eeo seoul
McCune–Reischauer Eŏ sŏul

Air Seoul is a South Korean low-cost carrier. It is 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.[4] In June 2016, Air Seoul operated trial flights within South Korea.[5] 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.[6][7] The airline started flights to Japan in October 2016, its first international routes[8] and has since moved to become a purely international airline.[4]

Corporate affairs

Air Seoul is a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines, which has a 100% stake in the airline.[9] Its headquarters are located in the Kumho Asiana Main Tower in Seoul, and its chief executive officer is Ryu Kwang-hee.[10]


As of December 2017, Air Seoul flies to the following destinations:

Country City Airport Notes Ref.
Cambodia Siem Reap Siem Reap International Airport [4]
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport [4]
Macau Macau Macau International Airport Terminated [4][11]
Guam Guam Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport [4]
Japan Fukuoka Fukuoka Airport begins 27 August 2018 [12]
Hiroshima Hiroshima Airport [4]
Kumamoto Kumamoto Airport [4]
Nagasaki Nagasaki Airport [4]
Osaka Kansai International Airport [4]
Shizuoka Shizuoka Airport [4]
Takamatsu Takamatsu Airport [4]
Tokyo Narita International Airport [4]
Toyama Toyama Airport [4]
Ube Yamaguchi Ube Airport [4]
Yonago Miho–Yonago Airport [4]
Malaysia Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu International Airport [4]
Philippines Kalibo Kalibo International Airport Temporally Suspended [4][13]
South Korea Seoul Incheon International Airport Hub [4]
Vietnam Da Nang Da Nang International Airport [4]


As of December 2017, Air Seoul operates the following aircraft:[4][14]

Air Seoul fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A321-200 6 195
Total 6 1


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.[15]

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.[16]

See also


  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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "About us - Air Seoul Introduction". Air Seoul. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  5. ^ "Profile on Air Seoul". CAPA Centre for Aviation. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Air Seoul receives its AOC". CAPA Centre for Aviation. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Yoon, Ja-young (5 July 2016). "Air Seoul to start operation next week". The Korea Times. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Air Seoul launches international flights". 10 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "About Us - Message from the CEO". Air Seoul. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Air Seoul ends Macau service in late-March 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 20 March 2018. 
  12. ^ "Air Seoul adds Fukuoka service from late-Aug 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 27 June 2018. 
  13. ^ Herald, The Korea (19 September 2017). "Air Seoul to begin flights to Kalibo". 
  14. ^ "About us - aircraft guidance". Air Seoul. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  15. ^ "에어서울, '웹툰 캐릭터 등장' 기내 안전영상 제작" (in Korean). Money Today. 2016-11-07. 
  16. ^ 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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