Korean Air is planning to add more destinations to its transport network, in the direction of both China and Europe. Bo-Young Song, the airline’s Managing Vice President of Passenger Network and Sales, revealed the plans in early June, during IATA (International Air Transport Association)’s annual general meeting in Seoul.
Bo-Young Song announced that in Europe, they plan to launch charter flights to Budapest, Oslo, and Athens, reports Airportal. However, there is no starting date for the charters as of yet.
The idea of launching direct flights between the Hungarian and South Korean capitals came up in February 2016, with the aim of tightening touristic as well as economic cooperation between the two countries.
Péter Szijjártó Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced in June during the V4 Logistics Forum that Polish Airline LOT plans to launch direct flights between Budapest and Seoul. However, no details were revealed about the possible starting date of the project, or about how many flights a week they plan to have.
At the moment, there are flights connecting South Korea and the region through Vienna, Prague, and Zagreb.
In 2017, there were plans to launch flights between Seoul and Bucharest as well as Belgrade from 2020 onwards. However, by now, it is clear that these plans fell through.
Korean Air already has some flights connecting Europe and South Korea. In the past, there were flights to and from Zagreb periodically. From autumn 2018, Korean Air has flights three times a week between the Croatian capital and Seoul, sometimes even four times a week.