International Travel on South Korean Airlines Reaches 85% of Pre-COVID Levels in Q3

SEOUL — The number of international travelers on South Korean airlines during the third quarter reached 85 percent of pre-pandemic levels, according to government data released on Thursday.

Yonhap News Agency reported that international passengers on South Korean airlines between July and September totaled 12.87 million, compared to 15.15 million in the same period in 2019. This indicates a threefold increase from the July-September period in 2022, signaling a steady recovery in air travel following the disruption caused by the pandemic.

During the first half of the year, domestic airlines recorded a 66-percent recovery in terms of their combined international passengers compared to 2019. Industry experts attribute the growth to increased flights to neighboring countries such as Japan and China, as well as to Southeast Asian nations, primarily by low-cost carriers.

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