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COVID-19 prevention measures at Gimpo Int'l Airport during Chuseok Updated: 2020-09-29 13:23:12 KST

Now, standing by at Gimpo International Airport, another major travel hub today, is our Kim Yeon-seung.
Yeon-seung, normally there'd be massive crowds at the airport a day before Chuseok.
How are things looking there today?

Hi Devin, so there are no international flights departing from Gimpo Airport today.
And as you know, public health officials are strongly advising people not to travel this Chuseok.
Even so, the airport is quite busy.
Korea Airports Corporation estimates that seven-hundred-80 thousand people will visit 14 airports in South Korea, not counting Incheon International, during the holiday period.
That's about 25% fewer compared to Chuseok last year, but here at Gimpo Airport I'm not seeing a significant dent in the number of people.
While there is still a large number of people visiting family, many here today have told me they are using the time off to go on vacation.
The most popular destination seems to be Jeju island since overseas travel is no longer an option.
More than half of the flights departing from Gimpo Airport today are headed to Jeju.
The island's tourism association is expecting almost two-hundred-thousand tourists during Chuseok this yearnot too dissimilar to last year when around two-hundred-30 thousand people made the trip.

So, a substantial holiday business on the domestic routes then.
What kind of COVID-19 prevention measures are being taken there at Gimpo?

As one would expect, airport staff are quite meticulous when it comes to disinfection work.
The entire airport is disinfected at least once a day and areas which are frequented the most are being cleaned at least three times a day.
There are thermal imaging cameras carrying out temperature checks as people arrive for check-in.
But there is also a palm registration system. Travelers can identify themselves by placing the palm of their hands on the reader so they can go through security without having to take off their masks.
But it is strongly advised that everyone should sanitize their hands after coming in contact with the screen.
That's all I have for now. Back to you, Devin
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