Asiana Airlines said Thursday it expects the number of passengers flying to Saipan on its planes under "travel bubble" rules will surpass a thousand.
Korea’s first travel bubble-flight takes off on Saturday, with Asiana Airlines 623 leaving Incheon at 9:00 a.m. and arriving at Saipan at 2:30 p.m.
Neither airlines nor tour companies are counting on the Saipan travel bubble.
Despite expectations that the travel industry would begin to recover as inoculations increase, the increasing number of Covid-19 cases is expected to again stall overseas travel.
Saipan will be the first “travel bubble” destination for Korea, with the island open for vaccinated visitors from the country starting later this summer.
Asiana Airlines is resuming flights to Saipan next month with a once-a-week service to the island.
Jeju Air, Korea's biggest budget carrier by sales, said Tuesday it has resumed flights to Saipan.
After the news this week that some airlines are reopening routes that had been closed due to Coivd-19, people are hopeful that their summer plans to travel overseas might not have to be delayed for another year.
Jeju Air, Korea's biggest budget carrier by sales, said Thursday it will resume flights to Saipan late next month in a pre-emptive measure to absorb post-coronavirus travel demand.