First commercial direct flight will link Latvia and Korea on 24 May 2019 bringing our countries closer

24.04.2019. 06:13
First commercial direct flight will link Latvia and Korea on 24 May 2019  bringing our countries closer

The first direct commercial charter flight between Korea and Latvia operated by KOREAN AIR will take off from Incheon airport on 24 May and the same day will land in Riga International airport – one of the geographically closest EU airports to Korea. Two more direct flights are scheduled for 31 May and 7 June. This year charter flight program is organised by HANJIN TRAVEL, one of the largest Korean tour agencies, with support from the Latvian Embassy in the Republic of Korea, the Tourism Department of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA), Riga International Airport, and Riga Tourism Development Bureau LIVE RIGA.

These will be the first direct commercial flights between the capital cities of Latvia and the Republic of Korea, expected to carry about 700 passengers. Travel packages are sold by HANJIN TRAVEL and its agents’ offices, and also available online at: http://www.kaltour.com/ProductPlan/Index?exiSeq=4103.

Travellers will have the opportunity to visit all three Baltic States by choosing between HANJIN TRAVEL well customized and carefully planned offers.

Koreans are active travellers and are open to exploring new destinations. Since the Latvian Embassy in the Republic of Korea was opened in the late 2015, it has been cooperating with the LIAA Tourism Department, LIVE RIGA and other partners to attract tourists from Korea through organising tourism seminars, taking part in travel fairs and offering a hands-on experience of the country during exploration trips to Latvia.     

A brochure on Latvia has been produced in the Korean language, and Baltic maps and a Riga brochure have been translated; these publications will be made available for each passenger of the charter flights.

In the late 2018 in New York, the Foreign Ministers of Latvia and the Republic of Korea signed the Air Traffic Agreement, which was ratified by the Latvian Parliament in January 2019. The coming into force of the agreement establishes the legal framework for launching regular direct flights between the two countries.

By establishing direct flights between Latvia and Korea, Latvia sees significant further development in tourism, business exchanges, people-to-people exchanges, culture and other fields. Since Latvia is one of the geographically closest EU countries to Korea, Korean travellers to Europe will also benefit by reducing flight time and reaching their final destinations, especially in the Northern Europe much faster than before.

Press Contacts:

Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Korea
Address: 29, Hannam-daero 36-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04417, Republic of Korea
Telephone: (02) 2-2022-3800
Fax: (02) 2-2022-3803
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Homepage: http://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/seoul