Airport, airline and business leaders this month welcomed the resumption of Delta Air Lines’ service between MSP Airport (MSP) and Seoul-Incheon International Airport (ICN) after a more than two-year hiatus triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 300 passengers – a full flight on the flagship Airbus 350-900 – gathered recently on Concourse G, as airport and airline leaders led the celebration of the return of service to South Korea.
Delta's nonstop service to Seoul – MSP's longest international route at more than 6,200 miles and more than 12 hours long – marks the 25th international flight out of 30 to return to MSP since the pandemic began. Delta's MSP-Seoul route is initially operating three times per week and will increase to daily service on Oct. 29.
Delta's second MSP-to-Asia route, service to Tokyo-Haneda Airport, is tentatively set to restart in late March 2023.
A new domestic route was launched recently as well, as Allegiant Airlines started service from MSP to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) on Oct. 6, with fares as low as $49. Allegiant’s service, first announced last May, wasn’t delayed by the recent Florida hurricane as the Sarasota Airport reopened a few days after the storm passed.