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.
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.
Local airlines are resuming international flights ahead of the government's plans to announce policies to return life to normal after the pandemic.
Korea will form a government-private committee to discuss strategies to return to normal life and will hold its first meeting this week in preparation of starting its "With Corona" plan in November.
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.