Asiana Airlines has commenced five-times-weekly cargo service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Incheon International Airport. The new freight route comes on the heels of a deal the two airports inked to collaborate on business and operational projects.
Under the new DFW-ICN Airport Partnership pact, DFW and Incheon airports will share data about customer service, engineering, airport amenities, sustainable practices and airfield operations. The two airports will also jointly promote current, nonstop passenger service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Seoul, such as Korean Air’s five-times-weekly route.
Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW airport, said the partnership between the two airports is based on common goals. “We have a great deal of respect for Incheon International Airport, which is unquestionably a global leader setting a new standard for airports around the world,” Fegan said in a statement. “Incheon also provides a new model of airline and government partnership that we can learn from.”
Incheon International Airport President and CEO C.W. Lee similarly praised his new airport partner, remarking on DFW airport’s “full suite of experience and unmatched expertise.” “I’m looking forward to seeing this cooperation flourish in the years to come,” Lee added.
According to a press release, the partnership will be propelled by Korean Air’s freight service between Incheon and DFW airports, which operates eight times weekly. The Seoul-based carrier’s service takes advantage of the strong cargo volumes between Korea and Texas, with Korea currently ranking as Dallas/Fort Worth’s second largest trading partner; total trade between the regions totaled $7.7 billion in 2011.