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South Korea, Austria to lift limits on direct passenger flights

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South Korea and Austria have agreed to lift limits on direct passenger flights as a move to facilitate the movement of people and cargo between the two countries.

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The agreement, reached at the Air Service Negotiation Event of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) under way in Turkey, permits carriers to increase the number of flights between the two countries without any limits, the transport ministry said.

At present, only four weekly flights are permitted, with Korean Air, South Korea's largest flag carrier, providing three scheduled flights from Incheon International Airport to Vienna International Airport.

The ministry said the latest agreement is the second of its kind signed with a European country. The first such agreement was reached with Spain.

The understanding will accelerate moves by South Korean carriers Korean Air and its smaller rival Asiana Airlines to make inroads into the European market, it said.

In addition, South Korean delegates to the ICAO event said they inked deals to open three weekly direct flights to Zimbabwe and worked out details of direct flights between Busan and Ulaanbaatar.

The two countries signed a pact to launch the route last year, with the latest agreement being centered on what type of aircraft will be allowed to make the flight. The ministry officials should take advantage of the service in the summer of 2016.

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