April 11, 2014 13:27
Flight tickets for early May are nearly fully booked due to the many public holidays in the first and second week of the month.
After May Day on the 1st, the weekend comes on the 3rd and the 4th, Children's Day on the 5th, and Buddha's Birthday on the 6th.
By taking just one day off on Friday the 2nd, people get a whole week's holiday. By taking three more days off from May 7 to 9, they get 11.
As of Thursday, almost all tickets on domestic and international flights are sold out, except for some in the first and business class. Flights between Seoul and Jeju are over 90 percent booked.
Booking rates on international flights are about 10 percent higher than usual at 70 to 90 percent.
An Asiana Airlines staffer said, "Because a long holiday is possible in the first week of May, the booking rate on long-haul flights to the Americas and Europe is over 90 percent on some routes. You may have more luck finding tickets for departures between May 3 and 5."
Another staffer said tickets for May started to sell out in early March with flights to Jeju. "It's even more difficult as there's usually a big influx of tourists from China and Japan in May."
A Korean Air staffer said, "It will be hard to get tickets for between April 30 and May 11. We plan to schedule additional flights to China, Guam, Japan and Southeast Asia where demand is especially high."
Early June also offers a possibility of a long holiday as provincial elections take place on June 4, Memorial Day is on the 6th, and the weekend on the 7th and 8th. Politicians are concerned about low turnout.
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