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First Korean Air charter lands in Riga

The first charter flight from Seoul, Korea to Riga, Latvia arrived on Friday carrying a group that will travel around the Baltic countries.

Riga Airport welcomed the first direct commercial charter flight from Seoul, capital of South Korea, on May 24. The flight was operated by Korean Air and organised by one of Korea’s largest travel agencies, Hanjin Travel.

The Korean Air A330-200 carried more than 200 passengers to Latvia for the beginning of a trip around the Baltic countries.

Two more flights are planned for May 31 and June 7, also organised by Hanjin with the support of Riga Airport, Latvia’s embassy in Korea, Latvian Tourism and the Riga Tourism Development Bureau, otherwise known as Live Riga.

Eye to the future
“I am delighted that more and more long-haul flights appear in the network of destinations offered from Riga Airport. A week ago, on May 16, we celebrated the first charter flight to Madagascar, and today we are welcoming the first aircraft from Korea,” declared Ilona Līce, chair of the board of Riga Airport.

Andris Ozols, director of Latvian Tourism, said, “This event is a benefit to Latvia’s recognition in Korea and a proof that the Baltic region can be a convenient European destination for Korean tourists. We see future potential, and with the successful implementation of this year’s charter program, we will be able to attract new tourist flows from Korea.”

“I’m very pleased that Hanjin Travel has cut the first charter flight tape to Latvia, the closest European nation to Korea. It took 28 years to start this charter flight since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1991,” said the director of Hanjin Travel, Kyo Wook Ahn.

The Korean Air aircraft was welcomed at Riga Airport with a traditional water salute, and the guests from Korea were greeted with a performance by a traditional Latvian music ensemble from the municipality of Babīte.

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