The increased capacity “will contribute to important value creation for the Norwegian tourism industry.”
Interest in Norway as a holiday destination is rising among South Korean travellers, with two airlines set to increase capacity between the two countries during the summer.
Airport operator Avinor has confirmed that Asiana Airlines is launching a summer charter route between Seoul and Norway’s main airport at Oslo Gardermoen.
Compared to 2016, there was a 36.7% growth in South Koreans’ overnight stays in Norway in 2017. The number is now over 120,000 bed nights.
As a result of the growing popularity of Norway, Asiana is launching a summer charter route on July 10 with flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays between Seoul and Oslo until August 29.
Arrival from Seoul will be at 14:30, with the return flight departing at 16:15. The route is to be operated by an Airbus A330-300.
Korean Air too
Korean Air will also increase the number of its charter flights between Seoul and Oslo this year, Avinor says, from eight in 2017 to 11 in 2018.
The airline will operate the route between Seoul and Oslo airport with an Airbus A330-200.
“The increased capacity will contribute to important value creation for the Norwegian tourism industry, from a dynamic growth market,” said Jasper Spruit, the airport’s vice president of traffic development.
“We look forward to welcoming Asiana to Norway’s main airport and it is very positive that Korean Air is also increasing its frequency during the summer months.”