March 26, 2020 11:32
Airlines have recently seen a rebound in bookings on flights to Jeju Island after suffering a huge blow due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Korean tourists have increasingly turned to the resort island, as they are unable to travel overseas due to entry restrictions in many countries. A growing number of families are also heading to Jeju to find respite as kindergartens and schools remain closed.
Budget carrier Jin Air said on Wednesday that about 90 percent of seats on its flights from Gimpo to Jeju were filled last week, up 20 percentage points from the fourth week of February when the infections surged rapidly.
Another budget carrier, Air Seoul, which decreased its flights to Jeju on weekends only, said its seats were almost booked out. Other carriers have also seen some recovery in the number of passengers.
The Korea Civil Aviation Association said some 238,499 people either entered or departed Jeju last week, up about 20,000 from late February despite a drop in the number of flights to the island to 1,520 from 1,992.
But the figures are still significantly lower than usual. The number of flights to and from Jeju in the third week of March last year was 90 percent higher than this year at 2,848.
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