South Korea's full-service airline, Korean Air, is set to launch its first international sightseeing flights.
According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on Wednesday,… Korean Air will offer passengers scenic flights to Japan and back without landing, starting February 27th.
The special program comes two months after the ministry approved sightseeing air travel for international flights.
Although Korean Air has been relatively cautious about launching the service, due to uncertainty in profitability and mass COVID-19 outbreaks,… it has decided to follow the trend in a bid to boost revenue.
On a positive note, the demand for scenic flights has increased in the past month.
Despite the number of passengers in January decreasing to some 1,2-hundred passengers … or by 20-percent on-month,… the average percentage of people availing of the flights has increased by 26-percentage points to 75-percent.
The increase takes into consideration the number of sightseers allowed, excluding empty seats for social distancing.
The ministry has also allowed more scenic flights in February with a total of 23 granted approval.
This is almost double the amount permitted last month.
"Flights to nowhere" were first offered to ordinary citizens from last October for domestic air routes.
And beginning December 2020, international flights were opened with duty-free shopping available for passengers as well.
With the addition of Korean Air, the competition between low-cost and full-service airlines is expected to continue to heat up.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.