Korean Air reopens Las Vegas route to and from Seoul


Korean Air is reopening the Las Vegas route to and from Seoul, South Korea from Sunday after being closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Korea has periodically eased its COVID-19 restrictions for international tourism since April, allowing Korean Air to restore service to Las Vegas.

“We always hoped to bring Las Vegas and flying back as soon as possible,” said Esther Choe, publicity and public relations manager at Korean Air. “With the recent increase in travel and the demand we’ve seen, we’ve decided now is the right time to bring back flying from Las Vegas.”

In addition to flights from Las Vegas, 13 other routes in the United States have reopened, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and many other major cities.

For residents of Korea, Las Vegas is a popular destination for people who want to travel to the United States for business and leisure, according to Choe.

“Las Vegas is such a popular destination for both business and leisure. But especially right now with the peak summer season,” Choe said. “We are seeing such demand from people wanting to return to the Americas and one of the most popular places is Las Vegas.”

Choe notes the “Korean wave” in the United States, which has increased the popularity in the West of Korean pop culture, including K-Pop music and Korean television and movies. In April, South Korean K-Pop group BTS sold out four shows at Allegiant Stadium.

“Korea and Korean culture have been booming for many years,” Choe said. “There’s so much Korea has to offer, and I think people are very interested in experiencing it personally by traveling to the country.”

The approximately 13-hour nonstop direct flights to Incheon International Airport will be operated on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday on 218-seat Airbus aircraft.

People wishing to travel to South Korea must provide a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours before departure.

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