South Korea’s Biggest Low Cost Carrier Expands Flights to Laos and Vietnam

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Korea’s Biggest Low Cost Carrier Expands Flights to Laos and Vietnam.
This file photo, provided by Jeju Air Co. on Nov. 19, 2021, shows a passenger aircraft run by the low-cost carrier. (Yonhap)

Jeju Air, South Korea’s largest low-cost carrier, will start operating flights between Laos and Korea from 20 April.

The company stated that flights will commence after three years of suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jeju Air plans to resume services on its Incheon to Vientiane, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh routes.

In 2019, the budget carrier operated eight routes to five Vietnamese cities namely Danang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, and Phu Quoc. However, most of the routes were suspended in early 2020 when the Covid pandemic adversely affected the airline industry.

Last year the company resumed flights from Incheon to Danang and Nha Trang, along with the Busan-Da Nang route as the travel industry began to revive its operations in June 2022 after many countries reopened their borders for international travel.

Jeju Air aims to turn around this year after reporting losses for three consecutive years as eased Covid restrictions have led to demand for travel going up again, reports Yonhap News Agency.

Laos has also seen an increase in tourism following its reopening in May last year. Experts predict the numbers to increase by a large margin, with Laos mentioned by several notable news agencies as one of the top destinations to visit in 2023.