Oslo, Norway (By Ahmed Tanveer): The Avinor Oslo Airport confirmed at the weekend that Asiana Airlines would launch summer charter flights between Seoul and Norway for the first time. Asiana joins, and Korean Air, which also announced recently it was increasing charter flights between Seoul and Oslo from eight in 2017 to 11 in 2018. Korean Air will operate the route between Seoul and Oslo airport with an Airbus A330-200. There was a 36.7% growth in South Koreans’ overnight stays in Norway last year, according to Norway’s tourist board.
Although South Korean visits generated only 120,000 bed nights for the entire year, tourist officials recognise that Koreans are big spenders when on holiday. Asiana Airlines summer charter flights start 10 July with flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays between Seoul and Oslo and end 29 August. It will use an Airbus A330-300 on the route. South Korean travellers are now joining the Chinese attracted by the midnight sun, cruises on the fiords and a chance to see the Northern Lights, said Avinor Oslo Airport director of traffic development, Jasper Spruit.