Korean Air restores last of its pre-pandemic US routes

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Korean Air resumed flights to Las Vegas this weekend – and with Las Vegas now back on the Korean Air network map, the airline is serving all of the US destinations it served before the pandemic. Las Vegas joins Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, New York and Boston as Korean Air’s US ports.

Korean Air is back to Las Vegas three times a week

On Sunday, July 10, Korean Air resumed flights to Las Vegas after a two-year hiatus. Korean Air flight KE005 now takes off from Seoul (ICN) at 2:10 p.m. every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. After 12 hours of flight, the jet lands at 10:10 a.m. on the same calendar day.

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After spending two hours at the gate, Korean Air turned back to operate KE006 to Seoul on the same day. KE006 pushes back from Las Vegas Harry Reid International (LAS) at 12:10 p.m. to return home, landing in Seoul at 5:40 p.m. the following calendar day.

Alas, one of Korean Air’s A380s won’t be hurtling into Las Vegas – these big planes currently fly exclusively to New York (JFK). Instead, it’s the Airbus A330-200 heading to Las Vegas. While it’s not a bad plane, it’s not the A380. Korean Air’s A330-200s can accommodate 218 passengers in two cabin classes, including 188 passengers in the main cabin in a 2-4-2 seat configuration. Up front, 30 passengers share the 2-2-2 business class cabin.


“Korean Air is very pleased to reinstate our flights from Las Vegas,says Korean Air’s Jin Ho Lee. “We launched our Las Vegas service over 15 years ago, and we are the only Asian airline serving this dynamic market. Over the years, L.as Vegas has been a great partner to Korean Air, and we look forward to continuing our joint success.”

International services return to Las Vegas

“The non-stop route between LAS and Incheon International Airport has been the biggest outstanding piece of the resumption of international air service from Las Vegas,” said Chris Jones, director of marketing for Harry Reid International Airport. Like the good old days, business is picking up again at the Las Vegas airport. May 2022 traffic figures recently released by the airport reveal that nearly 4.6 million travelers passed through LAS that month. More than 90% of those passengers were flying domestically, but international carriers are steadily increasing flights to the gambling mecca of the United States.


In May, 15 foreign airlines landed in Las Vegas. WestJet flew 60,000 passengers in and out of Las Vegas that month, more than 15,000 more than second place Air Canada. As of May 2021, only five airlines offer international flights to and from LAS. A few international airlines remain absent from Las Vegas, but most are back.

Kate Wik, director of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said Korean Air is the first airline to restore nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Asia. “Korean Air has been an important partner over the years, and its service from Seoul has been instrumental in increasing the number of visits from South Korea,“said the tourism boss. “We look forward to this route returning and once again providing visitors from South Korea and Southeast Asia with world-class experiences that can only be found in Vegas.”


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