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Etihad to commence South Korean operations in Dec

Airline will operate a daily return service to Seoul from its Abu Dhabi base.

Etihad to commence South Korean operations in Dec
NEW DESTINATION: Abu Dhabi owned Etihad Airways has announced it will commence operations to the South Korean capital of Seoul in December. (Getty Images)

Etihad Airways it will commence operations to the South Korean capital, Seoul, on December 12, the airline said on Tuesday. The destination will be the airline’s 65th.

Etihad will operate a daily Airbus A330-200 return service to Seoul’s Incheon Airport from its home base in Abu Dhabi, an official statement said.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “South Korea is emerging as a key partner for the UAE, and the decision to commence services to Seoul reflects this strengthening partnership."

He added: "We expect the increasing trade relations between the two countries will lead to growing numbers of business travellers, as well as people from both regions visiting friends and relatives.”

At present, there are over 5,000 Korean nationals living and working in the UAE, as well as a significant number of Korean businesses in operation.

Earlier this year, H.H. Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, visited Seoul to reinforce the strategic partnership between the two countries.

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