Gold Coasters will now be able to fly direct to Seoul, in South Korea, after Jetstar announced its new service this morning.
The partnership with JeJu Air directly links the two countries, and unlocks exciting benefits for the Gold Coast.
Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans says it will become the only low coast carrier to fly direct to Seoul from Australia.
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“We’ve seen how well it works from an international point of view with our flights to Japan.
“So it’s a destination in it’s own right, a hugely attractive one, also a place where people can connect over, to go either through to the rest of Australia or from the rest of Australia out of the Gold Coast,” Mr Evans said.
The flights will commence in December, and operate three times a week (to start).
More than 50,000 South Koreans are expected to visit annually, injecting more than $170 million into the Gold Coast economy.
South Korea is believed to be a huge market for the Gold Coast, with the latest tourism data revealing South Korean visitors increased by over 50 percent on the Gold Coast and New South Wales north coast.
Tourism Minister Kate Jones says it’s a major coup for the Gold Coast.
“This new partnership with Jetstar, we know, will deliverer thousands more visitors to the Gold Coast.
“We expect that when these flights go live in December, with three flights a week, that up to $176 million will be injected into the local Gold Coast economy,” Minister Jones said.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is ecstatic for future possibilities, now that the link has been created.
“Apart from additional tourists and 50,000 seats coming through, this opens a market for South Korea.
“One, that our vision will be to harness South Koreans to call the gold coast their second home.
“It’s the way of getting them here and having multiple visits.
“The second one, is that international students from South Korea – you watch this space – that number is going to accelerate,” Mayor Tate said.