By Jack Harty / Published February 2, 2014 Updated: February 3, 2014 at 0816 EST
On May 2, 2014, Korean Air will launch new nonstop service between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and South Korea’s Incheon International Airport, according to Korean Journal Houston. For several years, members of Houston’s Korean community have been working very hard to bring a nonstop flight between Houston and South Korea.
Houston will become Korean’s 14th destination in the Americas. It already flies to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, DC.
In September, Korean Air upgraded the Atlanta to Seoul route with an Airbus A380 operating the route on occasion.
Come May 2, Houston will become Korean Air’s second destination in Texas. It started service between Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport and South Korea in December 1994. For almost 20 years, there was no competition on this route, but last year, American Airlines began offering nonstop service to Seoul from Dallas/Ft. Worth.
Korean will fly the route four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. It will operate a Boeing 777-200 on this route.
KE029 will depart Seoul at 0910 and arrive in Houston 0830. KE030 will depart Houston at 1040 and arrive in Seoul at 1530 the next day.
Last year, Houston Intercontinental stretched its wings to new two cities in Asia. Turkish Airlines launched new service between Houston and Istanbul, Turkey, and Air China connected Houston to China for the first time with new nonstop service to Beijing.
Korean Air will become the 21st airline to currently service Houston Intercontinental.
To contact the reporter on this story: Jack Harty in Houston at Jack.Harty@airchive.com