LOT Polish Airlines resumed its Budapest-Seoul non-stop route, temporarily discontinued due to the pandemic, on Monday. The first non-stop long-haul flight of the summer departed to Seoul today, and going forward it will be operated between Budapest and the capital of South Korea on a weekly basis, departing each Monday.
The much-awaited Budapest-Seoul flight was first launched by LOT Polish Airlines last fall. From then on, there has been great demand for the flight between Liszt Ferenc International Airport and Incheon Airport of Seoul: the Boeing 787 Dreamliners offering up to 294 seats served on the route with high seat occupancy.
Thanks to the easing of travel restrictions around the globe, the popular air link was possible to re-establish in the middle of July; currently it is operated every Monday between Budapest and Seoul. According to statistics a great amount of tickets were previously purchased by Korean citizens, mostly with the purpose of recreational activities in Hungary, and almost a quarter of all passengers used the flight on business. Also thanks to LOT non-stop air service, many Hungarians decided to discover South Korea even if they did not plan to do so before. The popularity of the Budapest-Seoul non-stop route is also demonstrated by the fact that air traffic between the two cities grew by 50% between September and March.
The re-launch, therefore, has a special significance for both tourism and business relations between Hungary and South-Korea. Besides the non-stop long-haul flight, as announced last year LOT has launched non-stop air service i.e. to Dubrovnik, Croatia for this summer.
“We are delighted to resume today our non-stop flights between Budapest and Seoul. After very difficult times of lockdown and suspension of international air travels caused by the global pandemic, we observe an increased passenger demand for international travels. Therefore, this summer we would like to invite passengers from Hungary to South Korea, to Croatia and to Poland. Hopefully over a time, we will be able to offer a wider range of flights from LOT’s second base in Europe,” – said Krzysztof Moczulski, LOT’s spokesperson.