The first Korean Air flight connecting Zagreb and Seoul was welcomed at Zagreb Airport yesterday.
On Saturday Korean Air commenced its direct service between Seoul and Zagreb which will operate three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The flight from Seoul/Incheon to Zagreb departs Seoul at 11:05 and arrives in Zagreb at 15:45 the same day. The Zagreb to Seoul route departs Zagreb at 17:20 and arrives in Seoul at 11:30 the next day.
Korean Air’s new Seoul/Incheon-Zagreb route will be operated with an Airbus 330-200, seating 218 passengers.
Many distinguished guests were present at Zagreb Airport for the inaugural ceremony, including Jacques Feron, CEO of the Zagreb International Airport, His Excellency Park Won-Sup, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of Croatia, His Excellency Damir Kušen, the newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in the Republic of Korea, Olivera Šarić, Minister Assistant at the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Martina Bienenfeld, Head of Zagreb Tourist Board and many others.
The launch of the new Korean Air route is the first regular service connecting Croatia and Asia directly and Korean Air says they considering flying to further destinations in Croatia.
In the first six months of 2014, tourism from South Korea rose by a massive 250%. The number of tourists to Croatia from South Korea has grown from just a few thousand annually to over 440,000 in just a few years.
The interest in Croatia as a tourist destination for Koreans was largely due to the popular reality TV series ‘The Romantic’ which was filmed in Croatia in 2012.