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Delta announces new direct service from MSP to Seoul

Passengers flying out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) will have direct service to Seoul, South Korea and Asia on Delta Air Lines beginning next year.

In a joint venture with Korean Air, Delta announced that its customers will have access to more than 80 Asian destinations and a world-class customer experience at Seoul-Incheon’s new Terminal 2, the home of Delta and Korean Air.
“Delta’s future is global and adding another nonstop flight to the joint venture’s Seoul-Incheon hub with Korean Air expands on our long-term vision,” said Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian. “This will be a great driver of international commerce for the Minneapolis/St. Paul community and the State of Minnesota, as well as benefiting our customers, our employees and our owners.”
Delta will utilize newly refreshed 777-200ER aircraft with all new cabins on the new route. Schedule details of the service will be announced in the future. 
“This is the first direct service between MSP International Airport and South Korea, and we are thrilled Delta Air Lines has decided to provide it,” said Brian Ryks, Executive Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which owns and operates MSP. “Travelers can connect to dozens of other cities throughout Southeast Asia through Seoul’s Incheon Airport, providing Twin Cities businesses with easy access to customers and clients in critical growing markets.”  
The announcement was also praised by Twin Cities’ business leaders. 
“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 GREATER MSP.
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. 
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, and the airline also intends to deploy the refurbished 777-200ER aircraft on that route in 2019.