Korea, EU expand air routes via horizontal aviation accord
June 27, 2020
Global Korean Post
By Lee Kyoung Mi and Lee Jihae
Korea and member nations of the European Union (EU) have expanded air routes between them.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced on June 25 that the government and the EU signed a horizontal aviation agreement in Brussels.
Under the accord, EU airline companies can use the airports of other EU member states regardless of a carrier’s nationality and operate regular routes to and from Korea.
Thus planes of the German carrier Lufthansa can depart for Incheon from Paris and run regular routes between both cities.
Under the existing agreement, EU member states with aviation accords with Korea that ran regular air routes had to have their flights depart from airports in their respective countries only. For instance, the planes of a French airliner with regular routes to Korea could only depart from airports within France.
The new agreement will diversify flight options for passengers and enhance the competitiveness of the airline industry.
The agreement will take effect on July 1 after Korea and the EU finalize the approval process in their respective home countries and notify the other parties.