Aeromexico will expand its Asian network this year with the launch of its first ever flights to South Korea.
Commencing on 27 May 2017, the airline will operate four weekly flights between Mexico City and Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, aboard its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Seoul will become Aeromexico’s third Asian destination, following Shanghai and Tokyo. The launch is expected to drive bilateral trade between the countries; Mexico is already South Korea’s top trading partner in Latin America, and many Korean companies, including Samsung, Daewoo, Kia and LG, do business in Mexico.
Mexico is also hoping to take advantage of the Asian outbound tourism boom, of which South Korea is very much at the forefront.
“Aerial connectivity has a positive impact on tourism flows and is a fundamental axis to maintaining our competitive position in the world and to stimulate greater economic growth for the benefit of those who depend on this for their livelihoods,” said Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism.
“The Asian market is of paramount importance in our market diversification strategy. In the last four years we managed to double the transport of Asian visitors and we are sure that with this flight we will amplify these results.”
Under the new schedule, Aeromexico’s flights will depart Mexico City every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 2133 and arrive in Seoul at 0600 the next day. All outbound flights will include a short stop in the Mexican city of Monterrey. The return services will depart Incheon Airport every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 1225, arriving back in Mexico City at 1251 the same day, with no stop.
“Aeromexico is proud to add Seoul to its route network as its third destination in Asia, as it maintains its position as the only airline in Latin America offering direct flights to that continent,” said the Mexican carrier’s chief revenue officer, Anko van der Werff. “This new flight will benefit both business and leisure customers alike.”
Aeromexico’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft has a capacity of 243 passengers – 32 in business class and 211 in economy.