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Korean Air to launch first direct service to Scotland

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Glasgow Airport has secured Scotland's first direct service to South Korea.

Flag carrier Korean Air and tour operator Hanjin Travel confirmed plans to introduce a summer charter service from Seoul.

They will operate three services in August, with a view to introducing further flights next year.

Hanjin Travel has been extending its European route network with the launch of similar charter services to Oslo and Marseille.

Using an Airbus A330 aircraft, the first flight from Seoul will arrive in Glasgow on 5 August.

'Major milestone'

Glasgow Airport managing director Amanda McMillan said: "To have secured what is Scotland's first direct service to South Korea is a major milestone for Glasgow Airport and it is of huge significance to our tourism industry.

"The decision by Korean Air and its sister company Hanjin Travel to introduce this route reinforces Scotland's global appeal as a tourist destination and it highlights the growth in demand we are experiencing from Asian tourists."

Hanjin Travel president Oh Sang Kwon said: "As one of South Korea's leading travel companies, we are very proud to be introducing 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."

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