Jeju Air to resume international flights in June


SEOUL (The Korea Times)— Jeju International Airport will resume international flights in June for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago.

According to Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, Friday, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport approved the resumption of international flight operations in Jeju airport starting next month. 

Since April 2020, the entry of international travelers to the country has been restricted within Incheon International Airport to control the spread of the coronavirus as well as seven other international airports in the country, including Jeju.

Jeju Air will begin with nonscheduled chartered flights to Bangkok on June 2 and 6. Singapore’s low-cost airline Scoot will resume regular operations between Jeju and Singapore three times a week from June 15 to 30. 

The Jeju provincial government plans to implement quarantine measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In partnership with the Korea Airports Corporation (KAC), a public enterprise that runs the airport, the airport will operate temporary quarantine facilities for unvaccinated international travelers and those who test positive on a PCR test upon arrival. These travelers will be carried via special transportation. 

Earlier this month, in response to growing demand for inbound travel, the Ministry of Justice resumed temporary visa waivers to tour groups of foreign nationality visiting Jeju Island for up to 30 days.

Meanwhile, low-cost carriers are showing signs of recovery in international flight operations as the COVID-19 travel restrictions are eased. Korean low-cost carrier Air Premia announced Friday that it will begin flights between Incheon and Singapore on June 29. The flights are scheduled for twice a week at first, and the service will increase to three times a week in July, the airliner said.

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