Hungary and South Korea have agreed to launch direct flights between their capital cities this summer. Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told a press conference that over the first phase of cooperation, Asiana Airlines, South Korea’s second biggest carrier, will operate one flight a week between Budapest and Seoul from the beginning of July to the end of August. The agreement was reached after negotiations for a year and a half. Asiana Airlines carried 90 million passengers last year with a fleet of 84 aircraft, the minister said.
Péter Szijjártó expressed hope that favourable passenger numbers would help convince Asiana Airlines to operate more flights in the future. The Hungarian Foreign Minister said bilateral trade volume last year came close to a record 2 billion US dollars with Hungarian exports to South Korea growing by 42%. He said 106,000 South Korean tourists spent 143,000 guest nights in Hungary in 2015, representing an 8% increase compared to the previous year. Over the last five years, the number of South Korean visitors and their nights spent in Hungary more than doubled.
Budapest Airport CEO Jost Lammers said that after last year’s relaunch of Budapest-Beijing flights, the agreement between the airport and Asiana Airlines confirms that there is a significant demand for direct flights with Far East destinations. The Budapest-Seoul flights will also play an important role in cargo transport, with one round trip suitable for transporting 40 tonnes of freight between the two countries. As a result of the project, Hungary will be Asiana Airline’s first central European destination and the sixth overall in Europe.
via hungarymatters.hu and MTI photo: airbus.com