Charter Flights from China to Jeju to Resume in November

  • By Oh Jae-yong

    October 25, 2023 13:20

    Charter flights carrying Chinese group tourists to Jeju Island will resume in November for the first time in six years and 10 months, bringing a massive expected boost to the resort island. 
    China's West Air will start operating charter flights between Zhengzhou and Jeju twice weekly on Nov. 3. Currently, the Chinese low-cost airline is recruiting customers for three- and four-night group tours to Jeju.
    Zhengzhou has a population of over 13 million and is the gateway to the central province of Henan with its population of about 100 million. 
    Next are charter flights from Hefei (twice a week) and Fuzhou (twice a week), also in November, and the following month charter flights will resume form Chongqing, the most populous city in China, Chengdu, Changsha, Guangzhou, Qingdao, and Wuhan. 
    International roundtrip flights between China and Jeju will likely increase to 158 a week from 22 Chinese cities by the end of this year. From late this month, new flights will run between Jeju and Tianjin (four flights a week), between Jeju and Hangzhou (three), and between Jeju and Changchun (two) regularly, while the number of Jeju-Hong Kong and Jeju-Macau flights will also increase. 
    Since the Chinese government lifted the ban on group tours to Korea on Aug. 10, cruise ships have been returning and boosted the island’s tourism industry, especially duty-free shops.
    "Jeju allows Chinese visitors in without a visa and is the most popular destination for Chinese tourists," an industry insider said. "The tourist industry is expected to quickly recover to the level of 2016, when Chinese group tours peaked."  
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