Air traffic in South Korea has increased by 10.8% in 2021, while international travel has decreased

Air traffic in South Korea rose 10.8 percent last year thanks to increased domestic flights, but international travel continued to falter amid the Covid-19 pandemic, data showed on Sunday.

More than 465,000 domestic and international flights flew over South Korea last year, according to data from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

Air traffic in the country had gradually increased in recent years from about 739,000 in 2016 to 842,000 in 2019, before falling sharply during the pandemic to about 421,000 in 2020, Yonhap News Agency reports.

International flights rose only slightly last year to 203,029, up 1.8 percent from the previous year, amid concerns about new Covid-19 variants.

Domestic air traffic rose 18.9 percent to 262,440 flights last year, according to the ministry, as more people traveled within the country amid signs of a slowdown from the pandemic.

Jeju International Airport was South Korea’s busiest airport last year with an average of 455 flights per day, followed by Gimpo International Airport and Incheon International Airport.

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