November 20, 2020 12:29
The government will allow flights that go nowhere and land where they started until December next year, with passenger planes spending two to three hours cruising around foreign airspace.
The flights give grounded planes a much-needed workout to make sure they are in good condition, while passengers are being lured with the opportunity for duty-free shopping.
Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said in a meeting on Thursday, "To support the aviation industry and spur private consumption, we are pursuing non-landing flights, which have become a new trend in travel amid the coronavirus pandemic."
Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Jin Air, T'way Air and Air Busan are expected to offer flights at between W200,000 to W300,000 per person (US$1=W1,117). They will at first only take off from Incheon International Airport, but other airports might follow later.
Passengers can buy up to US$600 worth of duty-free products and an additional bottle of liquor for up to $400, 200 cigarettes and 60 ml of perfume.
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