S7 to keep South Korea charter flights until mid-March
Russian airline S7 said on Friday that it plans to continue operating charter flights between Russia and South Korea by at least mid-March.
“More than 10 000 passengers purchased tickets for flights between Russia and South Korea with departures in March. We plan that passengers will be returned home by S7 charters. The charter flight schedule has been prepared until the middle of March so far,” the company said.
According to the decision of the Russian coronavirus control center, flights of Russian airlines to the Republic of Korea, except state-run national carrier Aeroflot, will be suspended from March 1.
“We are extremely surprised by this decision. S7 Airlines provides 20% of passenger traffic on routes from Russia to South Korea. In fact, a ban on flights to South Korea for any airline other than Aeroflot and Aurora means the withdrawal of one of the key players from the line – S7 Airlines. Such a ban will affect 90% of Aeroflot’s competitors’ capacities and will not affect the Aeroflot group itself. We do not see any logical justification for such a decision and consider this a gross violation of competition in the air transportation market,“ S7’s CEO Anton Eremin surprised by the authorities’ move.
S7 is currently making 14 flights per week to Seoul from Vladivostok, four from Novosibirsk and three from Irkutsk.