Air passenger traffic jumps as tourists from N.E. Asia flood in

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Air passenger traffic jumps as tourists from N.E. Asia flood in

Korea's international air passenger traffic jumped 14.9 percent last month from a year earlier due to a sharp rise in visitors from Japan and China, and more Koreans going abroad, the government said yesterday.

The number hit 3.82 million, the highest figure ever recorded for the month of May, according to the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs. The previous record was reached in the same month last year, when the number stood at 3.32 million. The ministry said that compared to a year earlier, passenger traffic on Japanese routes soared 35.3 percent. The number of passengers on flights to China also rose 11.5 percent on-year, with an increase to Southeast Asian countries of 10.3 percent. Of the total number of international flights, 66.7 percent of all travelers used flights offered by Korea’s flag carriers, with the number of passengers on the country’s low-cost carriers edging up 3.4 percentage points on-year to account for 7.0 percent of the total.

The number of passengers on domestic flights rose 5.4 percent from a year earlier to 2.11 million.

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