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New Route of the Day (16 May 2024): T’Way Air between Seoul ICN and Zagreb

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South Korean LCC T’Way Air launched its first service to Europe by inaugurating seasonal flights between Seoul ICN and Zagreb on Thursday 16 May. The route will be maintained with a technical stop in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, on the outbound leg due to the range of the aircraft and the airline’s inability to fly over Russian airspace, however, inbound flights will operate nonstop. The service will be maintained 3-weekly, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, with the 347-seat A330-200 aircraft. It faces no competition between the two capitals.

What they said

Nicolas Duthilleul, Chief Operating Officer at Zagreb Airport, said: “We are delighted that Seoul and Zagreb, as the capitals of the two countries, are connected again following a five-year hiatus. We are aware that Koreans are in love with Croatia, and we will do our best to ensure all our guests from Korea have a pleasant travel experience at the airport. This year marks the start of direct flights to Korea again, and we will continue to work on additional connectivity to establish a year-round service with even more frequencies in the future.”

Hong-Geun Jeong, CEO of T’Way Air, added: “T’way Air is committed to developing the tourism industry in Croatia as well as fostering a mutual beneficial relationship between the two countries by promoting more human and material exchanges.”

Seoul – Zagreb flights resume after almost five years

The new service marks the first time Zagreb has been linked to Seoul ICN with a scheduled service since Korean Air operated its last rotation on the seasonal route in November 2019, after which flights never resumed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Croatia became highly sought after in South Korea after it was featured as a location in a popular reality dating show. Since then, It has become one of the favourite holiday destinations for South Korean tourists in Europe.

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Korean travel agencies swiftly began offering package deals utilising these flights. Major travel agencies are promoting 9-day packages to Croatia and Slovenia with the new T’way Air flights

T’Way Air to grow Europe operations

T’Way Air will launch flights from Seoul to another four European cities, including a 4-weekly service to Paris CDG starting in late June, 5-weekly to Rome FCO in August, daily to Barcelona in September, as well as a daily rotation to Frankfurt from January of next year.

The airline will introduce these routes using slots originating from Korean Air’s takeover of rival carrier Asiana, which has now been approved by the European Commission. These new services are an integral part of a deal allowing Korean Air to gain all the approvals required to acquire Asiana.

In order to maintain its new European schedule, T’Way Air will lease five A330-200 aircraft from Korean Air.

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