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Prague Airport marks two decades of Korean Air flights

Prague airport 10 years of Korean Air

Prague Airport has celebrated the 20th anniversary since Korean Air introduced flights between Seoul ICN and the Czech capital. Since its launch in 2004, the route has seen over 1.5 million passengers.

To commemorate the milestone, Korean Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was welcomed with a water cannon salute by Prague Airport firefighters on 15 May, accompanied by a celebratory program at the gate.

The inaugural flight between Seoul ICN and Prague took place on 15 May 2004, using an A330-200 jet with the capacity to handle 257 passengers. Over the years, various aircraft have served the route, including the A330-300, 777-200ER, 777-300ER, 747-400, and the 747-8. Notably, in March 2014, an A380 was deployed between the two cities.

Korean Air has had a strong involvement on the Czech market, acquiring a 44% stake in the country’s flag carrier Czech Airlines in 2013 before selling its shares in 2017.

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The airline currently maintains 4-weekly flights between the two capital cities with its 787-9 jet, offering 1,076 seats in each direction.

Jiri Pos, Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Directors, said: “This is an important anniversary which I appreciate very much. It is great that over 1.5 million passengers have already used this long-haul Korean Air route in the 20 years of its operation. Prague has long been a popular destination for South Korean tourists and the popularity of this connection is gradually increasing. In the first quarter of this year, we recorded another increase in demand, which is good news as it is another step in building a network of direct routes to Asia. This service opens the door for travellers to destinations such as Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Australia. I’m very happy that our cooperation with Korean Air has worked long-term and been stable, and I firmly believe that we will celebrate a number of other milestones together.”

As the route continues to grow in popularity, both Prague and Seoul anticipate many more years of successful partnership, fostering stronger business and tourism ties between the Czech Republic and South Korea.

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