The aviation industry in South Korea is slowly recovering from the pandemic. On Sunday, Asiana Airlines, the country’s second-largest carrier, resumed operations to Hawaii.
The resumption comes after South Korea’s travel restrictions were eased. The airline will fly to the tourist hub three times every week. Flights between South Korea and Hawaii were halted for a period of 25 months.
Previously, the South Korean government announced that fully vaccinated visitors traveling in South Korea from most countries would not be subjected to quarantine. Travelers who have not been vaccinated must still undergo a seven-day quarantine.
The country’s international travel demand has increased as a result of the new legislation. Within 70 minutes, an internet travel business claimed to have sold 5,200 Hawaii holiday packages.
Demand for flights to Europe, Southeast Asia, and Pacific Islands has increased in South Korea’s aviation business. Korean Air, the country’s flag airline, increased its frequencies to Japan and Singapore this week in reaction to the lifting of quarantine laws.
Meanwhile, Asiana Airlines expanded its operations to Japan and restarted service between Seoul, South Korea and Nagoya, Japan. At the time, the airline only offers one weekly route between the two cities. Japan has recently eased its travel regulations, requiring Korean travelers who have received a booster shot to quarantine for three days rather than seven.