South Korea will double carriers flying to Thailand
In a move designed to address declining travel demand from China in the midst of the THAAD missile row, South Korea has inked an agreement with Thailand to double the number of designated airlines allowed to fly between the two countries.
At a recent meeting in Busan, South Korea, Korea’s director general of the Aviation Policy Bureau Koo Bon-hwan and his Thai counterpart, Chula Sukmanop, agreed to increase the number of airlines on Korea-Thailand routes from four to eight.
“The talks were designed to help offset lower demand from China amid diplomatic tensions surrounding the deployment of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system here,” Koo said.
Currently, Korean Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air and Jin Air are the only officially designated carriers on the Thailand routes.
Temporarily designated carriers to Thailand including Korea-based Eastar and T’way Air are likely candidates to be given permanent status as well as Air Seoul and Air Busan.
According to Thailand’s tourism agency statistics, 1.46 million South Koreans flew to Thailand.
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