Airlines Resuming Flights to Overseas Destinations

  • By Shin Eun-jin

    November 08, 2021 10:21

    Airlines are resuming international flights as more countries reopen their borders to vaccinated travelers.

    Korean Air started flying to Honolulu three times a week from last week, 19 months after the service was suspended in April last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The flag carrier also resumed its route to Auckland, New Zealand last week and will operate flights to Sydney, Australia this week.

    Asiana Airlines is also either resuming or expanding flights to overseas destinations. Its flights to Fukuoka, Japan were resumed last week, and it increased the number of flights to Bangkok, Thailand and Frankfurt, Germany. It will also resume flights to Guam next month.

    Travelers wait at a check-in counter at Incheon International Airport on Nov. 5. /Yonhap

    Budget airlines are also set to offer more international flights. Jeju Air started operating charter flights for golf tourists to Chiang Mai, Thailand last week. It will fly to Guam twice a week from Nov. 25 and to Bangkok from next month.

    T'way Air plans to increase its flights to Guam from twice to four times a week, while Air Seoul will resume flights to Guam next month.

    Last month, the number of international passengers visiting Korea stood at 309,062, up 21,000 from a month earlier. Although the figure is still low compared to pre-pandemic levels seen in 2019, when there were nearly 6 million passengers a month, it is expected to recover as more airports gradually open their gates to international travelers.

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