Korean Air set to land at Melbourne Airport
Sep 05, 2007
Melbourne will welcome its newest international airline, with the announcement that Korean Air will operate scheduled services to Melbourne Airport.
The three times weekly services, which will commence on October 22, will fly direct between Melbourne and Seoul, providing strong tourism and business links between Victoria and South Korea.
Korean Air had previously undertaken charter flights between Seoul and Melbourne over summer 2006/2007, providing the airline with the opportunity to test the Melbourne market.
Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff said the Korean Air announcement was a major win for Victoria.
“The important role direct international air services provide to Melbourne and Victoria cannot be understated,” said Mr Woodruff.
“Koreans account for more than a quarter of a million incoming visitors to Australia, however Victoria currently only receives a small percentage of these visitors. These new direct links between Melbourne Airport and Seoul are set to change this,” he said.
“Korean Air was recently allocated additional rights by the Federal Government to fly to Melbourne Airport, and within days they have taken up these rights.”
Mr Woodruff also highlighted the important trade opportunities these new flights would provide.
“Korean Air is one of the largest freight airlines operating out of Asia, and with approximately 80 per cent of air freight carried in the hold of international passenger flights, the new services also provide strong trade opportunities for Victorian exporters.”
The new services will provide greater choices for Victorian travellers with direct flights to Korea, and beyond into North America and Europe on Korean Air’s extensive network.