Winter season overseas travel stretches… International routes resume one by one

Guam, Saipan, and Hawaii add regular flights one after another on popular routes
Fierce battles in Southeast Asia such as Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, and Bali
Busan-Guam/Saipan reopening… Local airports must also increase supply

It seems that international flights, which have been blocked off, will resume one by one in this winter season. The picture is of Incheon Airport crowded before Corona 19 / Travel newspaper CB

This year’s winter season international flights are expected to regain vitality after a long time. As interest in the travel bubble grew and overseas travel sentiment became active due to anticipation for with Corona, airlines were also busy. During the winter season, regular flights, which had been suspended for nearly two years, will resume, and a number of charter flights for travel purposes are also scheduled to depart.

Airlines are jumping one after another, starting with routes to resorts such as Guam, Saipan, and Hawaii, which are attracting consumers’ attention, and some cities in Southeast Asia that have begun to gradually ease entry restrictions. First of all, there is a lot of interest in Saipan, which first signed a travel bubble. Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, and T’way Air started operating flights once a week from last July, but due to their explosive popularity, seats were closed by the end of this year. As a result, airlines have applied for additional flight schedules one after another to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, but it is known that they are unable to start setting up products because it is difficult to secure a hotel room exclusively for the travel bubble in Saipan. The popularity of Saipan and neighboring Guam is also soaring. Air Seoul will operate the Incheon-Guam route twice a week for the first time in about 660 days from December 23rd, and Asiana Airlines has decided to resume the Guam route in December after 18 years of discontinuation in 2003. The Hawaii route is also lively after a long time. Korean Air resumed the Incheon-Honolulu route 3 times a week on November 3 after 1 year and 7 months, and Hawaiian Air will increase the number of flights from 3 times a week to 4 times a week from January 21 to February 16 next year. decided to do

Southeast Asian countries that have decided to gradually open their borders are also considered to be a battleground for aviation. First of all, Thailand, which has a plan to impose quarantine exemption obligations for those vaccinated from 10 low-risk countries from next month, is particularly hot on the Chiang Mai route. Jeju Air plans to operate a charter flight for golf on the Incheon-Chiang Mai route on November 5, and Hana Tour plans to operate a charter flight on the Chiang Mai route with a total of eight flights from January next year. Jeju Air also announced plans to resume flights to Bangkok within this year. Expectations are also growing in Singapore, the second destination of the travel bubble. At the beginning of the implementation, travel is expected to resume through designated flights, but airlines are known to have applied for additional flights and charter flights one after another. Travel agencies are also busy. Interpark Tour will fly a honeymoon charter flight to Bali, which will resume international flights on January 29 next year, and Mode Tour is also discussing charter flights to Phu Quoc, Kota Kinabalu, and Chiang Mai, starting in January or February next year.

As such, the sentiment for overseas travel is circulating around the metropolitan area from Incheon. This is why there are voices saying that a balanced reopening will be achieved only when regional airports actively increase air supply. As of October, there were no international flights departing from regional airports other than Air Busan’s Busan-Qingdao route, but the Central Quarantine Countermeasures Headquarters temporarily gave permission to operate Gimhae-Guam once a week and Gimhae-Saipan twice a week at a quarantine meeting on the 15th. At the same time, I am interested in whether it will be possible to open the door for overseas travel at local airports. Air Busan has already operated the Busan-Saipan route twice a week (Wednesday) from November 24 through its website.Sunday), the industry predicts that international flights from Gimhae Airport will be available within the year. However, it is expected that the decision will be made only when the traffic control between Busan City and the government takes responsibility for the operation of the quarantine system.

By Son Go-eun, staff reporter [email protected]

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