Korean Air is to launch thrice-weekly chartered flight services to Calgary for the two months from July to September.The new service is expected to widen the road between North America and Asia which had long suffered from seat shortage in summer due to high air travel demand for leisure and English language courses.
The three outbound flights will depart Seoul/Incheon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 6:20pm and arrive in Calgary at 2:05pm the same day. The return flight will leave Calgary on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 4:05 pm and arrive in Seoul/Incheon at 6:30pm the following day. Korean Air will use 301-seat Boeing 777-200 aircraft to serve the route.
Calgary, the gateway to the Rocky Mountains, is characterized by the pioneer spirit that helped to settle the West. It is the traffic hub situated between the magnificent Canadian Rockies on the west and the prairie on the east. It is also the country’s fourth largest metropolitan city.
Five of the 13 Unesco heritages of Canada are located in Calgary, namely Banff and Jasper, Waterton Lakes National park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Dinosaur Provincial Park and Wood Buffalo National Park. Other scenic spots in the city include the Rocky Mountains, which is the symbol of Calgary; the 191 meter tall Calgary Towers, from which visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the downtown; The Canada Olympic Park where visitors can practice winter sports even during the summer season; the historical village in Heritage Park that features the twentieth century lifestyles. Calgary is also famous for its Lanchmance restaurant, shooting locations of the Academy Awards winning film Brokeback Mountains and Stampede Festivals which take place in Stampede Park.
Korean Air’s new charter service to Calgary marks the airline’s third direct flight operation to Canada following Vancouver, Toronto and is expected to boost the flow of visitors between the two countries as well as leisure travelers to Canada during this summer season. The new direct operation to Calgary will allow more convenient access to the Rocky Mountains for travelers who now have to transit through Vancouver, Toronto.