High hopes af­ter new flight by Kore­ans

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Nick Dal­ton

AIR­PORT and tourism lead­ers are op­ti­mistic that the first suc­cess­ful di­rect sea­sonal flights from Korea to Cairns will lead to more.

A re­port shows Jin Air’s di­rect flights from South Korea to the Far North de­liv­ered a $9 mil­lion boost to the re­gion with al­most 6000 Korean vis­i­tors ar­riv­ing be­tween mid-De­cem­ber and early Fe­bru­ary.

Tourism Trop­i­cal North Queens­land (TTNQ) chief ex­ec­u­tive Alex de Waal said the air­line re­ported that it had sold 97 per cent of the seats on the 16 flights from Seoul.

“Jin Air and nine Korean whole­salers sold pack­age tours which in­cluded the Great Bar­rier Reef, Wet Trop­ics rain­for­est, Ku­randa, Port Dou­glas, the Ather­ton Table­lands and Cassowary Coast,” he said.

Air­port chief ex­ec­u­tive Nor­ris Carter said talks with Jin Air in­cluded more sea­sonal flights and a year-round ser­vice to pro­vide a di­rect con­nec­tion be­tween South Korea and Aus­tralia.

“We hope this suc­cess­ful sea­sonal ser­vice will be the start of a long and fruit­ful part­ner­ship that will sup­port even fur­ther growth in Korean vis­i­tor num­bers to Aus­tralia.”

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