End in Sight for Flights to Nowhere

  • By Kim Jung-hoon

    June 15, 2021 11:14

    Flights to nowhere are expected to come to an end as people who have been fully vaccinated can resume limited travel abroad next month.

    According to the Korea Customs Service on Monday, 15,983 people took flights to nowhere that started last December. A total of 152 flights were offered and each carried around 105 passengers on average.

    The flights, which landed where they started after cruising around foreign airspace for two to three hours, were expanded from Incheon International Airport to Gimpo, Gimhae and Daegu airports.

    A passenger makes an in-flight purchase on May 23. /Newsis

    Passengers circled over Japan and neighboring countries before flying back to Korea and bought W22.8 billion worth of duty-free products, spending on average W1.42 million per person (US$1=W1,118). That is 10 times more than the average W140,000 spent by a domestic passenger in 2019.

    Passengers bought W6.1 billion worth of cosmetics, W4 billion worth of handbags and W2.5 billion worth of perfume. In 2019, 28 million domestic passengers purchased W4.05 trillion worth of products.

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