January 15, 2016 12:47
Jeju Air's online flight reservation system was paralyzed on Wednesday after more than 200,000 people rushed to book tickets the budget carrier offered for just W7,000 (US$1=W1,216).
To celebrate 30 million accumulated passengers, Jeju Air offered the discount tickets to the island via its website and mobile app starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Some 210,000 customers simultaneously rushed to book the tickets, causing the website to crash.
The carrier posted an apology on the website at around 1 a.m. Thursday and said it would now offer tickets on different routes in succession.
Rival no-frills carrier Air Busan said Thursday it will offer one-way tickets from Gimpo to Busan and from Busan to Jeju for W14,900, while Eastar Jet has been offering tickets to Jeju from Busan, Cheongju, Gimpo and Gunsan for W14,900 since Monday.
Some critics accuse the low-cost carriers of trying to cover up recent safety concerns with their blowout sales.
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