April 23, 2021 10:53
More flights to nowhere will be available amid growing demand from lockdown-fatigued travelers who miss getting aboard a plane and shopping for duty-free products amid the drawn-out coronavirus pandemic.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Thursday that seven Korean airlines including Korean Air and Asiana Airlines will offer a total of 56 such flights next month, up from 19 this month.
Passengers spend two or three hours cruising around foreign airspace so they can get a glimpse of distant shores out of the window, before landing at the same airport from where they departed.
Since they began in December last year to help cash-strapped airlines, such flights have been limited to Incheon International Airport, but they will be available at other international airports in Gimpo, Daegu and Gimhae from May.
Some 8,000 passengers have taken the flights so far. Each passenger can buy duty-free products on board worth up to US$5,000.
In line with COVID-19 prevention rules, airlines do not provide meals and passengers are separated by empty seats.
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