August 08, 2019 10:00
Asiana Airlines announced on Wednesday it will stop operating flights connecting Busan to Okinawa late this month.
"We decided to temporarily halt flights to Okinawa starting from Aug. 23, due to a dearth of passengers amid an escalating spat between Korea and Japan," an Asiana spokesman said.
Asiana currently operates a 160-seat Airbus A320 jet three times a week for the route between Busan and Okinawa. Asiana will also switch to smaller aircraft for flights to Fukuoka and Osaka from next month, replacing its 290-seat Airbus A330 with a 250-seat Boeing B767 or Airbus A321, which has 174 seats.
Another flagship carrier, Korean Air, will also suspend flights between Busan and Sapporo from next month.
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