KAL resumes flights to Irkutsk following visa exemption deal

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KAL resumes flights to Irkutsk following visa exemption deal

Korean Air Lines, the nation’s largest flag carrier, said yesterday it is resuming service on an Incheon-Irkutsk flight starting May 19 following a visa exemption agreement between Korea and Russia that was initiated earlier this year.

The carrier said it will operate a 159-seated B737-900ER aircraft on the route and fly on Mondays and Fridays. Departure from Korea will be at 8:50 p.m. and flights arrive the following day at 1:05 a.m.

Irkutsk, 5,260 kilometers (3,268 miles) east of Moscow, is a favorite tourism destination thanks to Lake Baikal, which is the deepest lake in the world. Previously, Koreans needed to transfer from Vladivostok or other Russian cities to get there.

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