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Polish airline company LOT is launching five new flights from Budapest, to Seoul, Belgrade, Prague, Stuttgart and Sofia, CEO Rafał Milczarski said.  The first direct flight to Seoul from Budapest will launch on September 22 and will fly on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, Milczarski said.  LOT will fly twice every workday to Prague and Stuttgart, and once every day to Sofia and Belgrade, he said. To service the new flights, LOT will operate three new Embraer E-Jet planes from Budapest and hire 60 pilots and 150 stewardesses, he said.

Tamás Menczer, the Hungarian foreign ministry’s state secretary in charge of communications and international representation, said that the announcement mirrors Hungary’s growing importance in Europe and the world.  South Korean companies invested over 350 billion forints (EUR 1.1bn) in Hungary this year alone, Menczer said. The number of South Korean tourists in Hungary has jumped by 69% since 2015, to 176,000 and 253,000 guest nights in 2018, he noted.