QUEENSLAND has rediscovered its “Seoul-mate”, with Korean Air finally permanently returning to Brisbane.
KE will fly to Brisbane five times per week, with tourists from South Korea set to inject more than $120 million dollars into the Queensland economy each year.
The flights have been enabled by the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, a joint venture between Brisbane Airport and the Queensland Government.
The additional 89,000 inbound seats each year have been lauded by BNE Chief Executive Officer Gert-Jan de Graaf.
“The return of permanent flights turns the tap back on for large scale South Korean tourism to Queensland and makes it easier for students to study here and their families to visit,” he said.
Queensland’s Minister for Tourism Stirling Hinchliffe also welcomed Korean’s return to the state’s skies.
“Korean Air’s direct flights to Brisbane from Seoul-Incheon Airport are important to Queensland’s post-pandemic international visitor recovery,” he said.
“I know tourism operators are looking forward to welcoming back Korean travellers to share Queensland’s great lifestyle and our unique, world-class visitor experiences.
“The return of convenient, direct services from Seoul is good news for leisure visitors, working holidaymakers and the growing cohort of Korean students choosing Queensland as their preferred study destination.”