Seoul is opening up more airline routes for UlaanBaatar

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The Incheon-UlaanBaatar route exclusive to South Korea’s national flag carrier Korean Air Lines Co. and its Mongolian counterpart MIAT Mongolian Airlines for almost 30 years will become open to other airlines. 

Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Thursday it has agreed with the Mongolian authority to give new carriers rights to operate the Korea-Mongolia route and run more flights starting from the end of March.

Under the latest agreement, available seats on the route between Incheon and UlaanBaatar will be expanded from 1,488 to 2,500, and the route will be operated nine times a week at maximum. Daily flights from or to Incheon and Busan in Korea will also increase to three times from two.

Asiana Airlines Inc. is expected to apply for flight operation on the Incheon-UlaanBaatar route, and budget carriers will likely follow suit.

By Lee Jae-cheol and Lee Ha-yeon

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