This is a coordinated project between the major South Korean tour operator Island Resort Club Tour Services & RC Hotel Click, run by Robert Choi, and the Indonesian company that operates six vacation complexes in Cuba, Leonardo said in statements to Prensa Latina.
Air Premia, created in 2017 in Seoul, will operate all 12 charter flights with a frequency of one a week, the Dominican executive pointed out.
It will be the first time that direct flights will be carried out from that distant origin to the Cuban capital, where travelers will be able to choose between the Grand Aston Havana Hotel, a comfortable 5-star exquisite luxury establishment, and the Aston Panorama Hotel, a 4-Star Superior facility, both with a privileged location in Havana, he added.
It is also unprecedented that it will be the longest route covered by tourist charter flights, from South Korea to any other international destination. Air Award will use a 330-seat Boeing 787-9 aircraft to cover a 12,500-kilometer route between the South Korean city of Icheon and Havana, at a cruising speed of 913 km/h, the manager explained.
Leonardo noted that travelers will be given the option of combining their stay at the modern hotel that Archipelago International will open on September 1, the Grand Aston Varadero. This is part of the Indonesian chain’s line of work to attract holidaymakers from the large and growing Asian market to Cuba.
“This operation will pave the way and serve as preparation for other projects on which we are working from Japan and China,” Leonardo announced.
Archipelago International operates five hotel complexes and will open a sixth one in September, the Grand Aston Varadero. In addition to two establishments in Havana, the company runs the 635-room Grand Aston Cayo Paredon, in Jardines del Rey, which has reported an excellent occupation rate during this peak tourist season in that new destination, the executive said.
The others are the 749-room Aston Costa Verde, in Playa Pesquero, Holguin, and the 727-room Grand Aston Cayo Las Brujas, on the northern keys off Villa Clara.
The luxurious Grand Aston Havana is Archipelago International’s flagship hotel, where the company will open the Infused bar soon, equipped with the molecular mixology technique, the only one of its kind in Cuba, and will officially inaugurate the Oro restaurant, also exclusive in Cuba, Leonardo told Prensa Latina.