May 26, 2020 13:33
The number of passengers on domestic flights last weekend surged to the highest level since the coronavirus outbreak started.
According to the Korea Civil Aviation Association on Monday, some 137,980 passengers took domestic flights on May 23 and 24, even more than over the long weekend early this month (131,930).
It was also the highest number on weekend domestic flights since February, when the coronavirus epidemic started in Korea.
Flyer numbers dropped to a low of 63,548 in the fourth weekend of March but have been edging up slowly since to surpass 100,000 on May 2-3. They fell again just a week later after a fresh spate of infections traced to Seoul's party district of Itaewon but have been rising for two weeks since then.
Industry insiders say domestic flights are filling up again because the Itaewon scare was not as dramatic as feared.
"Overseas travel is not expected to return to normal soon, so domestic passenger numbers are likely to continue edging up unless there is another spike in infections," one insider said.
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