Glasgow Airport welcomed visiting passengers from Scotland’s first direct air service with South Korea.
The airport announced on Friday that it would host Scotland’s only direct service from Seoul after flag carrier Korean Air and tour operator Hanjin Travel confirmed earlier this year they would introduce a summer charter service from the country’s capital - one of the world’s megacities with a population of more than 10 million people.
Korean Air and sister company Hanjin Travel will operate three in-bound services this month between Seoul and Glasgow Airport, which will serve as a gateway to more than 1,000 South Korean tourists flying to and from Scotland.
Hanjin Travel, one of South Korea’s leading travel companies, played a major role in developing the country’s tourism industry.
Friday’s inaugural flight was operated by Korean Air using an Airbus A330 aircraft, with two further flights due to arrive on 12 and 19 August respectively.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Securing the country’s first direct service with South Korea is a significant step both for Glasgow Airport and Scotland’s tourism industry.
We are honoured Korean Air and its sister company Hanjin Travel have chosen Glasgow Airport as their customers’ gateway to Scotland.
Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf said: “I’m delighted to welcome the visitors from the inaugural flight of this new exciting service, linking Scotland with South Korea. Scotland offers an absolutely fantastic tourist experience for travellers from around the globe and I hope they enjoy their time here.
“This new flight is the first step in an important new relationship between Glasgow Airport and Korean Air, further strengthening links between Scotland and South East Asia.
“I have no doubt this service will prove popular and I hope both parties will be able to build and expand on its success in the future. I wish Glasgow Airport and Korean Air every success with this venture.”