MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Delta Air Lines’ announcement today that it will launch the first ever
service between the Twin Cities and Seoul, South Korea in 2019 was
praised by both airport and business leaders, noting the new route will
provide fast, convenient access to cities throughout Southeast Asia.
“Air service is a top priority for businesses in determining where to
locate facilities and employees,” said Brian Ryks, executive director
and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Airports Commission
(MAC). “This new route is important not only because of the direct
connection it offers to vital South Korean markets but also because
travelers can reach dozens of other Asian cities by connecting through
Seoul’s Incheon Airport.”
The Seoul route was a priority for the MSP Regional Air Service
Partnership (RASP), a collaborative air service development initiative
launched in 2017 by the Metropolitan Airports Commission and GREATER
MSP. The RASP helps identify air service needs of businesses in the
region and supports MAC efforts to engage airlines that could
potentially serve those markets. The RASP is chaired by Thomson Reuters
Executive Vice President-Operations Rick King and former U.S. Bank Chief
Executive Officer Richard Davis.
“Our greater MSP business community is thrilled that Delta has decided
to add direct service between this market and Seoul, South Korea. It
enhances our region’s global access and reach, and significantly
increases our economic competitiveness,” stated Michael Langley, CEO of
Seoul will be the second city in Asia with direct service from MSP
International Airport. Delta Air Lines also flies between MSP and Haneda
Airport in Tokyo, Japan.
Currently, the 16 airlines operating at MSP offer direct service to 163
routes, 136 domestic and 27 international. Multiple airlines serve a
record 58 of those routes, keeping fares competitive and providing
schedule and service options for travelers.
In addition to the two Asian markets, MSP also enjoys direct scheduled
service to several cities in Europe: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Frankfurt,
Germany; London, England; Paris, France; and Reykjavik, Iceland.
MSP set a new passenger record in 2017, with more than 38 million people
traveling through the nation’s 16th busiest airport. The
airport is Delta Air Lines’ second largest hub, and the home base of Sun
Country Airlines. Since January 2016, 11 airlines have added 48 new
routes at MSP. In both 2016 and 2017, MSP was named Best Airport In
North America in its size category by Airports Council International,
based on traveler feedback.
The Metropolitan Airports Commission is a public corporation
of the state of Minnesota. The MAC owns and operates seven airports in
the Twin Cities metropolitan area, including Minneapolis-St. Paul
International Airport. All together MAC airports generate nearly $17
billion a year for the area economy and support more than 87,000 jobs.
The MAC is funded through rents and user fees generated from airport
users, not from income or property taxes. Learn more at www.metroairports.org.
GREATER MSP is a private-public partnership with the mission
to accelerate job growth and capital investment in the Greater MSP
Region. It partners with economic development organizations
throughout the region to develop strategy, brand and market the region,
and serve as coordinator for business retention, expansion, and
recruitment projects. Learn more at www.greatermsp.org.
Metropolitan Airports Commission:
Patrick Hogan, 612-726-5335