March 16, 2020 11:59
All international flights to and from Jeju International Airport have come to a halt due to the coronavirus outbreak. But the number of domestic passengers flying to Jeju is gradually rebounding as many newlyweds and tourists have changed their destinations from the U.S. and Europe to the southern resort island.
According to the Jeju provincial government on Sunday, the last flight to Jeju from abroad, AirAsia D7501 from Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, was canceled.
There only remain some special flights that will carry illegal Chinese workers home at their request on Monday and Wednesday. International flights will remain suspended until at least until the end of this month, a Jeju airport staffer said.
In contrast, the number of domestic passengers flying into Jeju is now gradually increasing as coronavirus spreads in Europe and the U.S. Only about half of last year's domestic tourists to Jeju have visited the island since the government issued a red alert for coronavirus on Feb. 23.
But the decline is showing signs of a slowdown, narrowing to 37.4 percent on March 13 on-year.
"It seems that many newlyweds, families and young couples are choosing Jeju as their destination now coronavirus is spreading in Europe and the U.S.," a staffer of the Jeju Tourism Association said. "Another factor seems to be cheaper airfares and hotel and rental car charges."
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