Korea's latest no-frills carrier Air Seoul conducted a tribulation flight between Seoul's Gimpo and Jeju on Tuesday forward of its legitrelease next month. Air Seoul is the budget arm of Asiana Airlines and plans to fly steadily between Gimpo and Jeju from around July 11.The launch raises the choice of budget carriers in Korea to six. Low cost carriers startedrunning here in 2006 specializing in short-haul routes. Yet now many are expanding to mid and long-haul routes. Their burgeoning trade is bad news for overpriced flag carriers Korean Air and Asiana, which posted web losses in the primary quarter because ofpageant from budget carriers and foreign-exchange losses. "As low-cost carriers amplify their flights into mid- and long-range routes, the prestige quo is collapsing", says Huh Hee-young at Korea Aerospace University said. "We will see intensifying contention between budget and flag carriers over routes, services and products and prices".Jin Air, began flights to Honolulu, Hawaii in December closing year and shouldget started flying to Cairns, Australia this December. And Jeju Air is beginning flights to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia on July 20. Eastar Jet already flies to mid-haul destinations in Southeast Asia akin to Siem Reap, Cambodia and Kota Kinabalu.Some budget carriers have even joined world alliances to protected long-range fliers. Last month, Jeju Air shaped the "Value Alliance" with seven other low-cost carriers based totally in Australia and Singapore.
This vogue has given budget airlines carriers a larger slice of overseas routes. In keeping with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Korean Air's and Asiana's stocks of international routes in Might declined 2.9 % on-year, whilst low-cost carriers' percentage rose 40.4 percent. Korean Air's share of international flights fell from 51.1 percent to 45.7 percent but budget carriers' soared from 11.1 percent to 17.5 percent. Low-cost carriers have accounted for more than 50 percent of domestic flights since 2014 and their share is still growing.Their costs are irresistible. The lowest round-trip fare to Guam on budget carriers all through the August top season is W105,000, while tickets fee just W591,400 to Honolulu (US$1=W1,174). But on giant carriers round-trip tickets to Guam and Hawaii charge W470,000 and W1.3 million. That suggests budget carriers want more airplanes, and they these days accept 89, 18 more than overdue terminal year.Korean Air and Asiana have in its placestrengthened their long-haul flights. Asiana started flights to Rome in July last year, while Korean Air deployed A380 superjumbo jets to San Francisco, Long island and London.But industry watchers say the flag carriers will need tosettle for their dwindling business. "The intensifying competition between airlines will receive advantages passengers", Huh said. "But over the long term, airlines' competitiveness will weaken if their expenses are forced down and they reduce on investments in new planes or maintenance".