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As a result of the outbreak of Covid-19 in these first 2 months of 2020 Korean Air has suspended all its flights to Italy. Korean Air was serving Milan and Rome to Seoul’s Incheon Airport in South Korea. This is the first time in dacades that the Korean carrier doesn’t have a connection to Italy’s capital.

Korean Air 777-300 Landing with a grey sky in the background
Korean Air 777-300 Landing with a grey sky in the background

The suspension will suspend (cancel) flights until the 25th of April 2020. Of course we still don’t know if this suspension will be extended beyond this date. It all depends on how the situation will evolve around the world. The Korean Air flight suspension doesn’t affect only flight from and to Italy, but is infact much wider across its network.

The list of flights affected by this decision is long, as of today 5th of March 2020. For the latest updated information I’d recommend you visit the Korean Air website.

Flight Schedule Variation in Europe

Route

Flight

Period

Temporary Schedule

Incheon - Tel Aviv

KE957/958

24 Feb - 25 Apr

Suspended

Incheon - Milan

KE927/928

5 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

Incheon - Barcelona

KE915/916

5 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

Incheon - Madrid

KE913/914

5 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

Incheon - Vienna

KE937/938

29 Mar - 25 Apr

Reduced 3/W (Wed-Fri-Sun)

Incheon - Zagreb

KE919/920

31 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

Incheon - Istanbul

KE955/956

1 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

Incheon - Zurich

KE917/918

31 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

Incheon - London

KE907/908

5 Mar - 25 Apr

Reduced 3/W (Mon-Wed-Sat)

Incheon - Prague

KE935/936

5 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

Incheon - Frankfurt

KE905/906

5 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

Incheon - Rome

KE931/932

5 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

With this flight schedule reductions there will effectively not be direct flights between certain cities and Seoul. Such is the case of Rome. Along with Korean Air, Asiana also suspended it’s flights and Alitalia had planned month ago to close this route this spring.

Flight Schedule Variation in The US

Route

Flight

Period

Temporary Schedule

Incheon - Honolulu

KE051/052

2 Mar - 28 Mar

Suspended

KE053/054

9 Mar - 28 Mar

Reduced 4/W (Tue,Fri,Sat,Sun)

29 Mar - 25 Apr

Reduced 4/W (Mon,Fri,Sat,Sun)

Incheon - San Francisco

KE023/024

5 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

KE025/026

29 Mar - 25 Apr

Reduced 4/W (Mon,Fri,Sat,Sun)

Incheon - Boston

KE91/92

8 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

Incheon - New York

KE85/86

5 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

Incheon - Chicago

KE37/38

9 Mar - 28 Mar

Reduced 3/W (Wed-Fri-Sun)

29 Mar - 25 Apr

Reduced 3/W (Tue-Thu-Sat)

Incheon - Washington

KE93/94

39 Mar - 28 Mar

Reduced 3/W (Tue-Thu-Sat)

29 Mar - 25 Apr

Reduced 3/W (Wed-Fri-Sun)

Incheon - Dallas

KE31/32

9 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

Incheon - Atlanta

KE35/36

9 Mar - 28 Mar

Reduced 4/W (Mon-Wed-Fri-Sun)

29 Mar - 25 Apr

Reduced 4/W (Mon-Tue-Thu-Sat)

Incheon - Las Vegas

KE005/006

9 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

Incheon - Los Angeles

KE17/18

8 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

Incheon - Seattle

KE19/20

9 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

Incheon - Vancouver

KE71/72

9 Mar - 25 Apr

Reduced 4/W (Tue-Thu-Sat-Sun)

Incheon - Toronto

KE73/74

9 Mar - 28 Mar

Reduced 4/W (Tue-Thu-Sat-Sun)

29 Mar - 25 Apr

Suspended

To the US the situation is a little less problematic than to Europe. There are more flight that have been subject to a reduction but not totally suspended.

What Happens If Your Flight is Suspended/Cancelled

This is definitely a situation and problem that many people are facing right now with the Korean Air flight variations. I have faced this issue myself, as I had a booking for my wife and myself from Rome to Seoul for next month. I explained in detail what I found out from my experience in this situation in this post. I went into the detail of which are the solutions that the airline offers in this situation.

Incheon Seoul Airport Apron View
Incheon Seoul Airport Apron View

When will everything go back to normal?

Unfortunately we don’t know yet when flights and travel across countries will go back to normal. It’s not absurd to think that limitations and suspensions of flights from and to South Korea might even be prolongued beyond April 25th. So stay tuned for possible further changes and suspensions. I’ll try my best to keep you updated but make sure to take a look at the airline’s site from time to time.

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