Etihad Airways has announced it will launch flights to the South Korean capital of Seoul this year. Beginning 12 December, the new route will become the 65th destination on the carrier’s network.”South Korea is emerging as a key partner for the UAE, and the decision to commence services to Seoul reflects this strengthening partnership,” said Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer James Hogan. Over the past two years, Korean business has been building a strong presence in the UAE, particularly in the clean energy sector, construction, technology and small to medium enterprises. We expect the increasing trade relations between the two countries will lead to growing numbers of business travellers, as well as people from both regions visiting friends and relatives.”Etihad will run a daily return service to Seoul’s Incheon Airport from its home base in Abu Dhabi, operating Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route. The aircraft will be configured with three cabins, offering 2,800 seats each week to and from Seoul.