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S. Korea's Int'l Air Passengers Plunge 98% in Q2 amid COVID-19

Written: 2020-07-05 13:19:55Updated: 2020-07-05 14:14:26

S. Korea's Int'l Air Passengers Plunge 98% in Q2 amid COVID-19

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The number of South Korean international air travelers plunged nearly 98 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to data by the Korea Civil Aviation Association on Sunday, the number of air passengers on international routes by local air carriers dipped 97-point-eight percent on-year to 328-thousand in the April-June period.

Korean Air, the country's largest carrier, witnessed its international passengers sink 96-point-two percent to about 190-thousand in the cited period. The comparable figure for Asiana Airlines also slipped 96-point-five percent.

In the second quarter, the number of domestic air passengers decreased by 37-point-eight percent on-year to five-point-24 million.

With the sharp drops in the first six months of the year, local carriers are projected to see their sales losses reach six-point-five trillion won in the first half alone.

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