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Int'l Air Passenger Traffic In South Korea Grows 12.1 Percent In January

By February 27, 2017 at 12:25 am
South Korea’s overall air passenger traffic in January rose 12.6 percent on-year to around 9.49 million. (Photo : Korea Portal)

International air passenger traffic in South Korea increased 12.1 percent in January from the previous year, boosted by a sharp rise in passengers to and from Japan as well as other Asian nations, according to a government report released Monday.

International air passengers to and from South Korea reached to some 6.96 million last month, compared to 6.21 million in the year-earlier month, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport.

In the January to June period last year, the number of international flights to and from South Korea gained 9.9 percent on-year to 215,727, data from the ministry showed. The number of flights passing through the country's airspace reached 23,264, up by 9.7 percent.

In the six months ended June 30 last year, the number of domestic flights reached 119,204, up by 4.9 percent from the same period in 2015.

Last month, the South Korea's overall air passenger traffic increased 12.6 percent from the same month last year to around 9.49 million. Domestic air passenger traffic rose 14.2 percent to around 2.53 million, while international air cargo traffic jumped 9.5 percent on-year to around 320,000 tons.

In the six months ended June 30, the country's overall air traffic stood at 358,195 flights, a gain of 8.1 percent on-year, the ministry said.

Passengers between Japan and South Korea in January surged 19.7 percent on-year to about 1.59 million, while international passengers to and from Southeast Asian countries advanced 13.6 percent to around 2.68 million.

Last month, air passengers to and from China rose 4.5 percent on-year to about 1.53 million despite increasing tension with Beijing over the planned deployment of a US missile defense system, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), by the South Korean government.

South Korean flag carriers' combined market share grew to 66.1 percent last month from 65.7 percent a year ago.

The increase, however, has been due mainly to gains by low-cost carriers, whose international passengers gained 48.3 percent on-year to almost 1.68 million last month. 

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