British Airways to resume Seoul flights

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on May 3, 2012

British Airways is to resume its flights to the capital of South Korea, Seoul, after over a decade of not flying to the destination.

The flagship carrier will re-launch its service on December 2, which is when it will start operating at least six flights per week between London Heathrow Airport and Seoul, using slots that were acquired from IAG’s purchase of Bmi. BA scrapped flights to Seoul in 1998 and cited “economic reasons” for the move.

There was a brief return to the Korean Peninsula last year, though, after Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Airline staff had to stay overnight in Seoul until it had been deemed safe enough for them to again stay in Tokyo.

Drew Crawley, BA’s commercial director, commented that the airline has seen a growth in the amount of customers that wish to travel to South Korea for either business or pleasure. Crawley added that Seoul is a vibrant city that has a strong economic base and that flights to the UK will bring Korean tourists to London while in-turn helping the UK’s flailing economy.

According to Britain’s Foreign Office, roughly 100,000 Britons pay South Korea a visit each year. In Seoul, attractions such as the “Great Gates” are always high on the itineraries of tourists while those with less of an interest in Korean history head to semi-tropical Jeju Island.

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