South Korea’s T’way Air is planning an aggressive step into Europe thanks to a reallocation of rights as a result of the Asiana and Korean Air merger.
The low-cost carrier recently acquired its first two Airbus A330-300 aircraft, and plans around 20 more as it moves into long-haul flying, with Europe firmly on the radar.
The Asiana and Korean Air merger will free up around 26 markets where they currently share services, which will allow new entrants because of anti-competition rules.
Where will T’way Fly?
So far, T’way has mentioned that it plans to serve Zagreb in Croatia during summer 2022 – a route also served by Korean Air. However no firm plans have been put in place for this route.
Others mentioned by the airline, all from Seoul, include:
- Rome Fiumicino
These are all traditionally strong markets for Asiana and Korean Air, and likely to appeal to tourists in both directions, as well as serving Korean nationals living, working or studying abroad in Europe.
More Entrants Coming?
The Asiana and Korean Air merger is also likely to attract other South Korean carriers into long-haul markets like Europe.
New carrier Air Premia already plans to use its Boeing 787s on long-haul routes, and Fly Gangwon is also expecting to start up using A330-200s.