Seven flight routes will be reopened between South Korea and China this month as the two governments agreed to double the weekly services to 20 times, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced Sunday.
Full-service carrier Asiana Airlines has already resumed services from Incheon, Korea to Nanjing, China on Sunday. Another full-service operator Korean Air Lines is scheduled to reopen weekly flight from Incheon to Guangzhou this month. Budget carrier Jin Air is preparing reopen of flight from Jeju Island to Xian, and Air Busan from Incheon to Shenzhen.
Three other routes will also be available within the month as Jeju Air, T’way Air and Air Busan are reportedly in negotiation with the Chinese authority.
If the talks go through, weekly services to China by Korean airliners will rise to 10. Chinese airliners also are in talks with the authority to increase their flights to Korea to 10 per week, according to the ministry.
The resumption is expected to help meet the rising demand for traveling between the two countries from those who live, study or business there.
“It is possible to negotiate for further increase in flights if there is no more new infection reported on routes for three weeks,” said an official at the ministry. “We’re going all out to contain the virus spread with sterilization and preventive measures at airports and aircrafts.”
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