British flagship resumes direct flights after 14-year hiatus

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British flagship resumes direct flights after 14-year hiatus

British Airways resumed direct flight services to Korea yesterday after 14 years, its executive said yesterday, amid growing economic ties between the two countries.

The British flagship carrier suspended regular flights to Korea in 1998 when the Asian financial crisis hit the region.

British Airways said it will operate six non-stop flights a week between London’s Heathrow and Incheon starting with the Boeing 777-200 ER passenger jet yesterday.

“The reintroduction of British Airways services to Seoul can only act as a catalyst for further development of trade and tourism and deepen the links between two great global cities - Seoul and London,” Jamie Cassidy, British Airways’ Area general manager for the Middle East and Asia Pacific, said in a news conference in Seoul.

Cassidy arrived in Seoul earlier in the day on a British Airways flight from London to announce the resumption of services.

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