Airlines are in a holding pattern as the Omicron coronavirus variant threatens to shut down travel worldwide.
A group of 20 tourists from Singapore arrives at Jeju International Airport on Thursday. They are the first group of Singaporean tourists landing on Jeju Island following a travel bubble agreement between Korea and the country.
Airlines are resuming some international flights as travel demand inches up with the government’s relaxing of pandemic restrictions.
Tourists from Singapore at Gaehangjang near Incheon Harbor on Tuesday. Some 150 Singaporean tourists entered Korea on Monday. It was the first official group tour since the pandemic started last year.
Korean Air Lines reported 134 billion won ($114 million) in net profit in the third quarter from a 385.9 billion won net loss a year earlier.
Air travel is starting to return to normal as routes are being opened to accommodate travel-bubble travelers.
Business owners are revving up for Korea's return to normal, calling up workers they had let go and welcoming new customers.
Korea is to ease social distancing measures and begin to gradually return to normal life starting early November, and travel agencies are expecting flight and travel bookings to increase.
Local airlines are resuming international flights ahead of the government's plans to announce policies to return life to normal after the pandemic.
Korea's major travel agencies are expected to recover from the prolonged fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic and swing to a profit in 2022 on growing demand for overseas travel, a market tracker said Monday.