As Jeju Island gains more attention from Chinese tourists, the number of flights between China and the resort island has increased.
Jeju Air will launch charter flights to Nanchang on Tuesday, while Eastar Jet will start charters to Kunming on Mar. 25, the Jeju Provincial Government said on Thursday. This is the first time there will be direct charter flights to the cities.
In addition, charter flights to Tianjin restarted on Friday and will also resume to Chongqing on Monday and Xi’an on March 27 after being put on hold last year.
With Eastar Jet also planning charter flights to Nanchang in April, the number of direct routes between Jeju and China should increase from 13 to 19 including scheduled and charter flights, and weekly flights should rise from 46 to 56.
"Considering that there are 13 domestic flight routes departing from Jeju now, we can see that airlines and travel agencies are focusing more on China," a Jeju city official said.
In total, the number of Chinese tourists visiting Jeju Island this year stood at 128,858 as of the end of February, up 69.1 percent from 76,222 during the same period last year.