Huge interest in Croatia as a tourist destination from Koreans is one of the reasons that Korean Air is considering upgrading its seasonal charter flights from Seoul to Zagreb.
Korean Air is to introduce more fuel efficient aircraft to its fleet, enabling them to expand in markets like Croatia.
“Introducing the next generation of fuel-efficient jets, such as the Boeing 787-9 will allow the airline to reduce costs and improve the business. This will give us an opportunity to improve our results and expand in markets such as Croatia and Marseille. We will focus on various overseas routes”, President of Korean Air, Won-Tae Cho, told, Maeil Business Newspaper.
Zagreb will be the most served Europen destination this summer for Korean Ar, who have requested up to 10 charter flights to the Croatian capital.
Korean Air has reportedly been looking at upgrading its charter flights to Zagreb for some time, by initially operating the route on a scheduled seasonal basis during the summer. Last year, the carrier concluded a codeshare agreement with Czech Airlines, in which it owns a 44% share, between Prague and Zagreb, exyuaviation writes.
Croatia and Korea recently ratified a Bilateral Air Service Agreement, which allows Korean Air to operate up to seven weekly flights to Zagreb and offers the potential for more codeshares between airlines operating out of both countries.
Last year, 377.779 Korean tourists visited Croatia, which became popular after a Korean reality show was filmed in Croatia. Last month Koreans were one of the largest group of visitors to the Croatian capital.