Korea launches International non-landing flights to support its aviation industry



The Korean government launches a new type of service called International non-landing cross-border flights for one year which is considered a seasonal measure to support the aviation industry and duty-free services in difficult times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Korea launches International non-landing cross-border flights to support its aviation industry

Non-landing international travel flights will start in December. / ph: pexels

In order to support the aviation business and boost domestic consumption, the Korean government decided to launch a new type of service called International non-landing cross-border flights starting from December 2020.

South Korea's Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economics and Minister of Planning and Finance Hong Nam-ki said that the government will allow the operation of this new type of flight service for a period of one year on international flights. Using this service, passengers do not have to go through the immigration process but will sit on the plane for a certain period of time, the aircraft will fly through other countries' airspace and then return to Korea.

 Under this service package, passengers on the plane will be eligible for tax-free purchases similar to regular tourists, meaning each person can buy duty-free goods under $600 (maximum 1 liter of wine, 200 cigarettes, 1 perfume bottle).  However, passengers will have to book a ticket in advance, when getting on or off the plane must go by their own way and only use the provided transport vehicle.  Passengers are required to wear a mask during the journey and do not have to quarantine themselves after returning to Korea.

It is estimated that each successful flight with about 70% of the seats, the revenue will reach 20-90 million won (about $20,000-90,000) and only half of the passengers buying duty-free goods for each flight also brings in revenues of 40-90 million won ($40,000-90,000).  This is considered a seasonal measure to support the aviation industry and duty-free services in difficult times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Korea launches International non-landing flights to support its aviation industry

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