SEJONG-- South Korea's air passenger traffic rose in October, helped by strong demand for outbound journeys, government data showed Tuesday.

A total of 9.42 million passengers used international and domestic flights last month, up 2.9 percent from a year ago, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation said.

The number of passengers using international flights increased 4 percent to 6.55 million despite the plunge in Chinese travelers, as airlines expanded alternative routes and stepped up marketing for Europe-bound tour packages, the ministry said.

The number of travelers flying to Japan, Europe and Southeast Asian nations saw double-digit growth, but passengers heading to China plunged 29 percent in October to mark eighth straight months of decline.

The use of low-cost carriers soared 32.3 percent to account for 26.7 percent of the market share, while full-service carriers held 41.3 percent of the market.

Domestic passenger traffic edged up 0.6 percent to 2.86 million as more people traveled to the southern resort island of Jeju.

Source: Yonhap News Agency