Duty-Free Shops Count on In-Flight Sales to Nowhere

  • By Byun Hee-won

    April 19, 2021 13:05

    Duty-free shops are counting on in-flight sales on popular flights to nowhere amid the coronavirus pandemic as airport sales have dwindled to a mere trickle.

    To help cash-strapped airlines, the government allows the sale of duty-free products on board flights that land where they started.

    A passenger buys duty-free products on flight in December 2020. /Yonhap

    Lotte had about 1,600 customers on such flights last month, up three times compared to December.

    The average purchase per person was W1.2 million, nearly triple that of pre-pandemic times when passengers typically stocked up before takeoff (US$1=W1,115).

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