The South Korean coastal city of Busan will gain its first direct link to Europe come March 2020 when Finnair commences a thrice-weekly direct service between Gimhae International Airport and Helsinki Airport.
The service, part of an MoU between South Korea and Finland to facilitate multi-sector bilateral exchange, is expected to further improve Busan’s standing as a business events destination for Europeans.
The South Korean city has been gaining the favour of meeting planners, with its calendars marked for major gatherings such as the 2019 International Diabetes Federation Congress (15,000 participants), 2020 World Table Tennis Championships (2,000 pax), and the 2021 International Astronomical Union General Assembly (3,000 pax).
Currently, business travellers flying to Busan direct from Europe are required to transfer to the city via Incheon International Airport using either domestic air or ground services.
This development joins recent new air links to the city â€“ SilkAir’s four-times-weekly flights between Busan and Singapore launched May 1 and Jeju Airlines’ four-times-weekly flights on the same route on July 4.