Your Scottish Airport to the World
Korean Air to increase flights between Glasgow and Seoul
20 March 2017
Korean Air has announced plans to increase the number of flights it operates between Glasgow and Seoul as Korean tourists flock to Glasgow and Western Scotland.
The airlines 2017 flight schedule from Glasgow Airport will see Korean Air operating 4 return flights from Seoul to Scotland’s largest city, representing a significant 25% increase in capacity over the previous year. The increase in capacity is in response to strong and growing customer demand for the route with over 1,500 passengers travelling between Glasgow and Seoul in 2016. The new enhanced flight schedule is expected to prove popular with thousands of Korean tourists using the service to visit Glasgow and other major tourist draws in Western Scotland including Argyll & Bute, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park and many of the country’s top whisky distilleries and golf courses.
Glasgow is the 21st-century magnet of Great Britain, with an energetic, yet sophisticated vibe. Formerly Britain's major center of industrial prowess, it has been rapidly transforming into a booming hub for art and culture in the past decades and prides itself on a never-ending stream of up-and-coming musicians and a thriving nightlife. As Scotland’s largest and greatest city Glasgow is Scotland's cultural capital and is home fabulous shopping, crowded pubs and clubs and terrific restaurants. Glasgow has a wide selection of museums and galleries, many of which are free of charge to enter. In a way, the city itself is an open-air museum for architecture with a special focus on the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. To get a good view of the city from above, climb one of the many hills Glasgow was built upon (some of the best birds-eye views uncover from the Necropolis). Glasgow is a compact, walkable city, and discovering it is a sheer pleasure.
Beyond Scotland's largest city, Western Scotland is world famous for its stunning natural beauty with its rolling hills, snow-capped mountains, stunning lochs, white sandy beaches, uninhabited islands, unique wildlife and its rugged coastline. Western Scotland is also synonymous for its castles and nowhere in Scotland has more of the aforementioned than Western Scotland! Situated in at the heart of Western Scotland, Glasgow Airport is perfectly located and offers excellent transport links for exploring the very best of Scotland including the Highlands and Islands.
The increase in flights to Seoul further cements Glasgow Airport’s position as Scotland's gateway to the world with direct flights to 25 exciting longhaul destinations including Dubai, New York, Toronto and Seoul. Glasgow Airports multi-award winning customer service, unrivalled choice of worldwide destinations and its central location with direct motorway access ensures the airport is the preferred choice for travellers from across Scotland including those in Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and beyond.
Direct flights to Seoul are not available from any other Scottish airport and with a flight duration of 11 hours and 30 minutes, Korean Air's Glasgow to Seoul route is the longest flight operating from a Scottish airport and the world's second longest Airbus A330 operated flight.
Steven Marshall, Head of Airline Marketing and Development, Glasgow Airport, said: “We are extremely pleased Korean Air and its sister company Hanjin Travel have not only chosen to re-introduce these summer charter services, but have also decided to increase capacity by a very encouraging 25 per cent due to demand.
“Their decision is a significant one and again underlines Scotland’s global appeal as a tourist destination and highlights the growth in demand we are experiencing from Asian tourist markets.
“We are looking forward to welcoming back Korean Air and Hanjin Travel and to working with them once again to develop this charter programme further.”
In Chai Park, President, Hanjin Travel, said: “As one of South Korea’s leading travel companies we are extremely pleased to be returning to Scotland this summer for the second year in a row and look forward to visiting Glasgow once again.
“We received very positive feedback from our passengers who travelled last year. They really enjoyed visiting Scotland and were very happy with the warm welcome they received from the airport and the people of Glasgow.
“This was a major factor in our decision to not only return this year, but to also increase capacity on the charter service by 25%.
“Glasgow’s excellent shopping and wonderful architecture, alongside the world-renowned scenery of Scotland, are proving very popular with our travellers.”
Frank McAveety, Leader, Glasgow City Council, said: “Securing South Korea’s national air carrier and Scotland’s first direct flight from Seoul was a momentous achievement for Glasgow and today’s announcement that the service will resume with increased capacity in 2017 is a fantastic start to the year for the city and our airport.
“This decision further strengthens Glasgow’s reputation as Scotland’s visitor gateway and reinforces our commitment to growing the city’s global connectivity and forging tourism links with emerging markets. It also supports the ambition of our newly launched Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023, which aims to attract one million more tourists over the next seven years.
“Glasgow is looking forward to again working with Korean Air and Hanjin Travel to deliver a programme of cooperative destination marketing activity ahead of the service resuming this summer.”
Already Scotland's gateway to the world and the nation's fastest growing airport, Glasgow Airport has enjoyed huge success in recent times establishing itself as one of Europe's fastest growing airports with new flights taking-off to over 20 exciting destinations including Brussels, Cape Verde, Dubrovnik, Jamaica, Krakow, Lisbon, Madrid, New York JFK and Valencia - offering passengers over 1 million additional seats.
Korean Air flights from Seoul to Glasgow can be booked now direct with Hanjin Travel.