Thanks to the joint efforts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Hungarian National Tourism Office and Budapest Airport, Asiana Airlines’ giant Boeing 777 aircraft will commute once a week between Budapest and Seoul, the capital of South Korea, during the summer peak travel season, the carrier has announced. The number of Korean tourists visiting Hungary has tripled over the past five years and exceeded 100 000 in 2015. The number of aerial passengers arriving from the Asian nation grew by 10% last year. These statistics confirm that there is demand for a direct flight between the two countries.
Economic ties are also strong between Hungary and South Korea; several large Korean companies are located in Hungary and play an important role in the processing industry. Amongst others, electronic giant Samsung and tire manufacturer Hankook invested more than 2 billion dollars in Hungary over the past years, and employ more than 10 000 people in the country.
Commenting on this significant announcement, Jost Lammers, the CEO of Budapest Airport said: “We have worked extremely hard alongside the Foreign Ministry and the Hungarian National Tourism Office to secure this exciting new charter flight with Asiana Airlines. The launch of Air China’s service to Beijing last year saw the first point in Asia to be served directly from Budapest since 2012, and the confirmation of Asiana’s link to Korea reinforces the huge need for further connections to the East. I firmly believe that this announcement is the first step in securing further capacity to Korea in the coming seasons.”