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Air Seoul to suspend Incheon-Toyama flights amid tense South Korea-Japan ties

JIJI

South Korean low-cost carrier Air Seoul will suspend its regular flights connecting Incheon International Airport in South Korea with Toyama airport in central Japan from Sept. 16, the Toyama Prefectural Government said Thursday.

The move comes as the service sees reduced bookings for August and beyond amid tense relations between Japan and South Korea, prefectural officials quoted Air Seoul as saying.

Air Seoul has already decided to suspend flights linking Incheon with two other airports in Japan — Kumamoto and Yamaguchi — from October.

Currently the airline flies between Incheon and Toyama three times a week, except in winter. The route’s passenger load factor rose to 80.6 percent in fiscal 2018, which ended in March, from 66 percent in the previous year.

A number of South Korean budget airlines have recently announced decisions to suspend flights linking Japan and South Korea, apparently due to the rising tensions between the two nations.

South Korean low-cost carrier Eastar Jet will suspend its regular flights connecting Miyazaki Prefecture with South Korea later this year, the prefectural government there said Wednesday.

The service on the route between Miyazaki Bougainvillea Airport and Incheon International Airport, near Seoul, will be suspended between Sept. 19 and Nov. 30.

Eastar Jet currently operates three round-trip flights a week on the route, which began in December 2017. By late last month, about 60,000 people had traveled on the service.

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