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Nonstop flights from Boston to Seoul to begin in spring

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Starting next spring, Logan International Airport will add nonstop flights from Boston to Seoul, connecting two international hubs for business and technology, officials said.

The Massachusetts Port Authority and Korean Airlines on Sunday jointly announced the new service, which will be offered five days per week between Logan and Seoul Incheon International Airport.

A start date was not disclosed.

The spring timeline is based on Korean Air’s “expectation of receiving necessary approvals” from regulators, officials said in a joint press release.

Seoul would be the fifth nonstop destination in Asia from Logan, which already serves Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai.


“Offering nonstop service to South Korea, one of the world’s largest economies, has been a priority and we are happy that it has come to fruition,” Thomas Glynn, the chief executive of Massport, which operates Logan Airport, said in a press release.

Korean Airlines will receive an incentive, said Jennifer Mehigan, a spokeswoman for the Massport. But details on that were not available Sunday, Mehigan said.

John Jackson, managing vice president of Korean Air, called Boston “a major gateway for high-tech industries” that is also the “most underserved point from Korea.”

The city’s many colleges and universities, along with robust technology, health care, and financial service industries, will probably bring high demand for the service, Jackson said in the news release.

In addition to business travelers, the new route is expected to draw strong interest from tourists, who now number about 70,000 annually from South Korea, said Pat Moscaritolo, chief executive of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Since Korean Air operates in dozens of cities in China and Japan, he expects Seoul to be a “major feeder city” for tourists going to Boston.

Emily Williams can be reached at emily.williams@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilye_williams.