- The South Korea Supreme Court will prohibit Asiana’s Seoul Incheon to San Francisco route for 45 days.
- This ban will go into effect in before the end of February 2020.
- This suspension of the route follows the Asian Airlines #214 crash in 2013.
- The Supreme Court says insufficient staff training was the main cause of the crash.
- Asian Airlines expects 11 billion won ($9.3 million) in lost sales.
- The airline announced it was financially struggling in April 2019, and has since then removed First Class, ended routes to Chicago, Delhi, and other cities, and the parent company will sell Asiana Airlines.
- To make up for the lost capacity, the South Korea’s transport ministry plans to request other airlines on the route to use larger aircraft.
Really not good for the struggling airline. There are currently 5 daily flights between Incheon and SFO (2x United, 2x Korean Air, 1x Asiana). However, United does codeshare with the airline so it’s likely Asiana will be able to transfer passengers to United’s flight.