August 22, 2013 09:16
Asiana Airlines will cancel charter flights between Incheon and Fukushima for October due to the radioactive catastrophe at the nuclear power plant there, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
"We were already concerned about dropping flight reservations, and the latest radioactive water leak at Fukushima has made the situation worse," an Asiana executive said. "We're going to cancel flights for October for which we haven't sold tickets yet and consider canceling future flights depending on circumstances."
Asiana only started the charter flights in July at Japan's request. It was supposed to run 11 round-trip flights until December.
The carrier will run three flights to Fukushima on Friday and next month because it has already sold tickets. Inbound flights from Fukushima are booked up, but for outbound flights bookings are a mere 40 percent, Asiana said.
The destination attracts mainly golfing tourists. Tokyo Electric Power on Tuesday admitted that some 300 tons of radioactive water leaked from the power plant.
The Foreign Ministry in Seoul has restricted travel to the area within a 30 km radius of the power plant and some other parts of the prefecture.
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