Earlier this year, Korean Air launched a direct service connecting South Korea’s capital Seoul and Croatia’s capital city Zagreb. Since September 1st, 2018, Korean Air has been operating the new Seoul – Zagreb flight service three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Flights from Seoul/Incheon to Zagreb depart at 11:05 and arrive in Croatia at 15:45 on the same day, whereas return flights depart from Zagreb at 17:20 and land in Seoul at 11:30 the next day. The new service is operated with an Airbus 330-200 that seats 218 passengers.
Korean Air is the first airline to connect Croatia and Asia with a direct flight. Business results of Seoul – Zagreb flight have already matched the airline’s expectations, and it’s entirely possible they will soon introduce flights to other destinations in Croatia. ‘We continue to promote Zagreb as our newest European gateway’, they’d said in a statement issued before the service was launched.
Croatia has been seeing an impressive inflow of tourists from South Korea in recent years, their number increasing by 250% in the first half of 2014 alone.
Koreans’ interest in Croatia as a destination is probably owed to a popular reality show titled ‘The Romantic’ that was filmed in Croatia in 2012. The recorded number of tourists from South Korea has only been growing ever since.