Air Seoul (ASV, Seoul Incheon) could secure its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) as early as next month.
A MOLIT official told The Korea Times that a paper-based screening of the start-up's plans would be concluded this week following which in-site inspections of its facilities and operational capabilities would be undertaken. Assuming all goes according to plan, the agency expects to be in a position to issue the Asiana Airlines (OZ, Seoul Incheon) subsidiary its AOC in mid-July.
Air Seoul has itself set a tentative launch date of mid-October given the drawn-out process of securing international traffic rights.
The LCC will initially assume an undisclosed number of Asiana Airlines' domestic routes before assuming its less profitable international services including select destinations in China, Japan, and other South East Asian countries. Operations will be on-board a trio of A321-200s leased from Asiana.