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New nonstop flights from IAH add international clout: Houston's suddenly got Seoul

New nonstop flights from IAH add major clout: Houston's got Seoul

Korean Air airplane jet
Korean Air plans nonstop service between Houston and Seoul beginning May 2. TESL Korea News

Houston travelers rejoice: It continues to get easier to fly between Houston and the Far East. The latest airline to announce new service: Korean Air, which plans nonstop flights between George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Incheon International Airport in Seoul, beginning May 2.

The flights, on a B777-200 aircraft will depart from Houston every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

“We’re very bullish on the Americas,”  John Jackson, the airline’s vice president of marketing for North and South America, said in a statement.  “Houston is the fifth largest metro area in the U.S. with a very strong travel market to Asia.  We’ve decided to earn our fair share of the market with a highly competitive product and service that’s hard to beat.”

Korean Air currently operates daily nonstops between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Seoul. The airline is part of the Sky Team Alliance, with Delta, Air France and 17 other airlines.

Last month, Air China announced it will offer daily nonstop service between Beijing and Houston beginning March 30. The airline launched service between the two cities several days a week last year. About the same time, Turkish Airlines launched new service between Houston and Istanbul, making it easier to get to the Middle East.