The increasing popularity of South Korea among air passengers has been recognised by British Airways, which has announced a new route from Heathrow Airport to Seoul.

Tickets are now on sale for the six-flights-a-week service to the South Korean capital, which begins on December 2. Fares to South Korea have been fairly high in recent years due to high demand for tickets driven by a reluctance among airlines to put on flights to the country.
Flights to the country were axed by the airline in 1998 for “economic reasons” but made a brief return last year after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan. British Airways staff stayed in Seoul overnight due to safety fears over staying in Tokyo.
The Foreign Office said around 100,000 British people visit South Korea every year. Popular sights among tourists include the Great Gates of Seoul, the historic city of Gyeongju, and the semi-tropical Jeju Island.

Commercial director at BA, Drew Crawley, said: “We have seen significant growth in customers wanting to travel to Seoul for both business and pleasure. It is a vibrant city with a strong economic base.
“Equally, there are vast numbers of South Korean companies wishing to come to the UK to do business as Asia’s economies continue to grow. We want to ensure that we do our bit in bringing as much business and tourism to the UK as we can.”

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