Busan Gimhae International airport says it is in deep discussions with several airlines about starting long-haul connections, and that it expects to see the airport’s first European route by end of next year.

Speaking to Flightglobal at World Routes in Durban, Korea Airports Corporation’s director of marketing and route development Park Jae Hee says the airport is working to add long-haul connections to Europe, North America and the Middle East.

The Korean airport currently has 22 scheduled airlines offering services to 34 destinations in 10 countries, most of which are regional services to Japan, China and southeast Asia.

Park says the airport has seen consistent double digits growth over the past years, with traffic hitting the 10 million mark in 2014. There is still room for growth at the airport, which has a capacity of 17.6 million.

“By end of next year we should see our first European route, then after that either services to North America or Middle East next,” he adds.

Source: Cirium Dashboard