With the beginning of the summer timetable 2007, Lufthansa will become the first
European airline to offer a new direct connection from Munich to Busan, South
Korea.Starting 27 March 2007 an Airbus A340-300 will then
link three times a week Munich with Seoul, South Korea’s capital and biggest city,
and on an ongoing flight with Busan.
With about 3.7 million inhabitants, Busan is South Korea’s second-largest city and
an important trade centre. The busy natural port in the Southeast of the country
ranks fifth among the world’s maritime container transhipment centres. In Ulsan,
only about 70 kilometres away, Hyundai, an internationally-operating automobile
manufacturer, has its most important production site. Shipbuilding and the software
industry are also strongly represented in the region as the world biggest shipyard
is located in this area. In 2002, Busan was the venue of the Asian Games, as well as
the FIFA World Cup and is bidding to host the Olympic Games in 2020. Besides many
conferences and conventions, the city annually organizes the Busan International
Film Festival and an automobile trade show.
Including the new Busan services, the Lufthansa flight schedule thus now comprises
together with the existing, daily Seoul connection ten weekly flights from Germany
to South Korea. The German airline will be offering most direct flights to South
Korea among all European carriers while it is the only one to service two
destinations in this Asian country from Europe.