Flights to Japan Stay Empty Amid Trade Spat

  • Arirang News

    August 01, 2019 08:32

    Sales of flight tickets between Korea and Japan for the month of July were down 38 percent on-year amid an escalating spat between the neighbors, according to figures released by eBay on Tuesday.

    But flights between Korea and other countries increased by an average of 23 percent. One of the reasons for the decline in sales of flights to Japan is a growing boycott of Japan here.

    This combined photo shows a check-in area for flights to Japan deserted while another for other destinations is filled with travelers at Incheon International Airport on Wednesday. /Newsis

    On Monday, Korean Air announced that it will suspend flights from Busan to the Japanese city of Sapporo starting Sept. 3 and is considering slashing other routes to Japan or switching to smaller aircraft from mid-August.

    Low-cost carriers have already suspended or reduced flights to Japan.

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