High hopes after new flight by Koreans
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.”