Glasgow Airport lands Scotland’s first Korean service

Glasgow Airport lands Scotland’s first Korean service

Glasgow Airport has secured Scotland’s first ever direct service to South Korea with a new Korean Air service to Seoul.

The new service operating thrice weekly as of August 2016 will provide a huge boost to the Scottish economy with over 1,000 South Korean tourists flying to and from Scotland each week.

It will also provide a major boost to exporters looking to break into South Korea since the country struck a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU in 2011 which phased out the import tariff. 

Scottish companies which have already invested in South Korea include RBS, Standard Life, Diageo, The Edrington Group, William Grant & Sons and Glenlivet.

Allan McQuade, business infrastructure director at Scottish Enterprise, said: "This new direct service is excellent news for Scotland.

“Direct services make Scotland a more attractive destination for both tourists and businesses by removing the need for extra connecting flights.

“This not only helps the economy by boosting tourism, but also encourages overseas trade and investment.”

Cllr Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council and chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Securing Korea’s national air carrier and Scotland’s first direct service from South Korea is a momentous achievement for Glasgow and a fantastic start to the new year for the city and our airport.

“Having just been named by travel industry bible National Geographic Traveller as one of the 20 best destinations in the world for 2016, this announcement further strengthens Glasgow’s reputation as Scotland’s long-haul gateway and reinforces our commitment to growing the city’s global connectivity and forging tourism links with emerging markets.”

The first flight from Seoul will arrive in Glasgow on 5 August with the second and third flights arriving on 12 and 19 August.