Demand from Korean travellers wanting to tour the South Island
has led to a new charter service for the coming summer.
From December 2 to January 28, Asiana Airlines will fly a weekly
service between Incheon, Seoul and Christchurch Airport, to bring
2500 visitors to the South Island.
The airport's Chief Commercial Officer - Aeronautical, Justin
Watson, says the nine weeks service is a direct response to
requests from South Korean travel agents.
"The Korean travel agents consistently get requests for direct
flights to the South Island, so eight of them have worked Asiana to
put the charters together," he says.
"The flights have just gone on sale and are getting good uptake,
with high interest from visitors wanting to travel outside the main
centres to see the lakes, mountains, glaciers and open spaces of
the South Island.
"Like us, the agents know how much Korean travellers want to
visit the South Island. It's not the first Korean airline to fly
here, but will be the first time Asiana has flown to New
Statistics show that in the 12 months to end of June, 21,000
Korean visitors flew into Christchurch. That's up 29% on the
previous year and higher than the national growth rate of 24%.
Asiana Airlines will operate a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft on the
charter flights, as part of the airline's global reach to 24
different countries and 74 cities.