Korean airlines focus more on Southeast Asian markets hinh anh 1A Korean Air flight (Source: https://www.aviation24.be)

Seoul (VNA) – Airlines of the Republic of Korea (RoK) have switched their focus to the Southeast Asian markets and Taiwan amidst recent tension in RoK-Japan relations.

Air Busan has decided to withdraw aircraft from flights to Japan for others to Taiwan. From September, the airline will increase the number of flights from Busan to Taipei from 14 to 17 per week, and from Busan to Kaohsiung from seven to nine flights per week.

Meanwhile, T’way Air will launch a Busan-Kaohsiung route from September 6 with four flights per week, while preparing more aircraft for the Busan-Taichung and Incheon-Taichung routes.

From September 17, Jeju Air will start operating a new route from Daegu to Cebu in the Philippines, while increasing the number of flights from Incheon to Da Nang of Vietnam from seven to 14 per week from September.

In the next two months, Asiana Airlines will double the number of flights from Incheon to Da Nang to 14 flights per week.

Meanwhile, Korean Air has decided to raise the number of flights to Clark Airport in the Philippines, Da Nang of Vietnam, Chiang Mai of Thailand, and Bali of Indonesia.

RoK-Japan tension has escalated after Tokyo decided to limit exports of some materials for electronic chips and screens to the RoK and exclude the country from a list of partners enjoying trade incentives.

On August 12, the RoK announced it would remove Japan from the list of 29 countries receiving preferential policies in exports of certain products from September this year.

Korean tourists have also visited Southeast Asian countries instead of Japan. The number of passengers to Japan in July reduced by 10,000 people compared to the same time last year to 133,000.

The number of passengers from Gimpo and Incheon airports of the RoK to Saga, Oita and Miyazaki in Kyushu islands of Japan dropped 86 percent, 69 percent and 76 percent year on year, respectively.-VNA