KAl will now fly from Seoul to Dalat twice weekly on Thursday and Sunday evenings.

According to timetable information from Airlineroute, the service using a Boeing 737 departs Seoul at 1910 on Thursday and arrives in Dalat at 2210. On Sunday the flight departs Seoul at 2035 and arrives in Dalat at 2335.

Flights are due for possible changes in the winter timetable effective 10 October depending on passenger demand.

Dalat is a relatively new destination for South Koreans who traditionally visit Ho Chi Minh City and Danang for its golf courses and its proximity to Ho An a world heritage site.

Up until the launch of the direct service, KAL ticketed passengers on its flight to Hanoi with a connecting Vietnam Airlines service to Dalai and an overall travel time of nine hours and 45 minutes The fare is around USD410. The alternatives have similar travel times in excess of nine hours with fares of around USD308 on Vietnam Airlines

However, the direct KAL flight to Dalat will cut the travel time to five hours, but with a much higher fare of USD583 according to fare comparison sites.

Dalat is the capital of Lam Dong province in Vietnam and is located at 1,500 m above sea level in the southern Central Highlands region. It is a popular tourist destination for both foreigners and Vietnamese due to its cooler climate and mountain vistas.

TTR Weekly - June 10, 2019

Vietnam Airlines adds Busan service

Vietnam Airline confirmed this week it will launch a new service linking Danang in central Vietnam and Busan in South Korea, effective 20 July.

The twice-weekly service will use an A320 with a flight time of around four hours and 10 minutes and four hours and 50 minutes on the return leg.

Flights will depart Danang on Tuesday and Saturday at 0020, while the return flight will depart Busan at 0730 and arrive back in Danang at 1020.

Vietnam Airline already serves Busan from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, but the new direct route from Danang is welcome news for the region’s resorts and golf courses. South Koreans are fanatical golfers and the second largest city in South Korea already supplies Danang’s golf courses with players looking for top courses at low prices.

Overall, Korea is also the second largest market supplying tourists to Vietnam after China. It’s a vital market for Danang bringing in high-spend leisure travellers.

Vietnan Airlines will promote the service to Vietnamese residents and foreigners living in Danang who enjoy shopping malls and an urban buzz. For residents of Busan, Danang represents affordable beach stays in top resorts and superb golf courses.

The competition will be tough on the route with Vietnam pitching its lowest fare at USD334 roundtrip to prise business away from Asiana (USD356) and KAL (USD453). All three airlines offer direct flights between Danang and Busan.

TTR Weekly - June 6, 2019