Korean Air has said that it will resume its service between Incheon International Airport, Seoul and Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia, known for its continental architecture and gateway to an area famed for its natural beauty.
Commencing May 19th, Korean Air will operate two flights a week on the Incheon-Irkutsk route, utilizing a B737-900 aircraft seating 159 passengers in two classes.
Operating every Monday and Friday, KE983 will depart Seoul Incheon at 20:50 and arrive in Irkutsk at 01:05 early the next morning.
The return flight KE984 departs Irkutsk at 03:15 and arrives Seoul Incheon at 06:55 the same morning.
Geographically located at the border of Russia and Mongolia, Irkutsk is the biggest city in Eastern Siberia and the economic and cultural centre of the Irkutsk Oblast region.
The city is a popular tourism destination and the starting point of tours to the massive Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world, also known as the ‘Blue Eye of Siberia’.
Lake Baikal is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The lake can be enjoyed year-round and as the waters remain cool even in the middle of the summer season, tourists from all over the world visit for various touristy resources including nature trails and lake-side activities.
By resuming the Incheon-Irkutsk route Korean Air expects to provide more option and greater flexibility for passengers travelling to Russia.