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Tue, 9 August 2016

Korean Air and Hanjin Travel Launch Summer Charter Flights to Glasgow, Scotland

Korean Air and tour operator Hanjin Travel have launched a summer charter service between Seoul and Glasgow, Scotland.

 The flights are Scotland’s first direct air service with South Korea.

Korean Air and sister company Hanjin Travel will operate three in-bound services this month between Seoul and Glasgow Airport, which will serve as a gateway to more than 1,000 South Korean tourists flying to and from Scotland.

The inaugural flight was operated by Korean Air using an Airbus A330 aircraft, with two further flights due to arrive on 12 and 19 August respectively.

 “Securing the country’s first direct service with South Korea is a significant step both for Glasgow Airport and Scotland’s tourism industry. We are honoured Korean Air and its sister company Hanjin Travel have chosen Glasgow Airport as their customers’ gateway to Scotland,” said Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport. “Hanjin Travel has been instrumental in encouraging the growth of South Korea’s outbound tourism market and this service represents an important step in further strengthening Scotland’s ties with Asia. We are looking forward to working closely with both Korean Air and Hanjin Travel to further develop their initial charter programme in the years ahead.”

Hanjin Travel, one of South Korea’s leading travel companies, played a major role in developing the country’s tourism industry. In recent years, it has been extending its European route network with the launch of similar charter services to Oslo and Marseille. Hanjin Travel has launched the Glasgow Airport service with a view to introducing further flights in 2017. 

Mr Oh Sang Kwon, President Hanjin Travel, said, “As one of South Korea’s leading travel companies we are very proud to introduce the wonderful city of Glasgow and indeed the whole of Scotland to our passengers. I am sure the city’s excellent shopping and wonderful architecture, alongside the world-renowned scenery of Scotland, will prove very popular with South Korean travellers.”

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, added, “We are very pleased to welcome our first visitors from Seoul on this new direct charter service, which makes it easier for the people of South Korea to enjoy a trip to Scotland and discover all that our amazing country has to offer. Scotland is more connected than ever before through transport and digital channels – giving it a louder voice within key markets – and we look forward to welcoming more visitors from the Far East in the months and years ahead.”

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