Korean Air now flies to Irkutsk on a bigger plane because of rising demand
Korean Air completed the first flight from Seoul to Irkutsk on long-haul aircraft Airbus A330-200, according to the press service of Irkutsk airport. The aircraft was served at the Irkutsk airport and flew back to Seoul around 2:00 local time.
Korean Air became the first foreign carrier, decided to fly to Irkutsk on the A330, this aircraft replaced the less spacious Boeing 737-900.
"The decision to change was made due to the increasing demand for flights in this direction: the tourists from South Korea are very interested in the opportunity to visit Lake Baikal, and, as you know, August is the best time to relax at the lake," a statement says.
Earlier it was reported that in September 2014 the Federal Air Transport Agency has issued a permit for the Irkutsk airport for the reception once a day of A330 aircraft and their modifications. Prior to that, the airport could take such ships only with special permission.