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number of new COVID-19 cases has fallen below 30,000 for the first time in 15 weeks as of Saturday.

As the demand for overseas travel increases as we enter this stable trend, the government has decided to review a plan to increase international flights.

We connect reporters who are out at Incheon International Airport.

Reporter Jaehyun Park, more and more people are traveling abroad recently. How is the atmosphere at the airport now?


I am now at the arrival hall of Incheon International Airport.

It seems a bit quiet now, but until a while ago, both the arrival and departure halls were very crowded.

It is analyzed that there are 7,000 outbound people and 8,000 inbound people today.

Originally, Incheon Airport was an airport that operated 24 hours a day, but if you look at the electronic display now, there are no flights between 8pm and 5am.

This is because the flight ban time has been set due to quarantine conditions such as a shortage of quarantine personnel upon entry.

[Baek Ji-hoon/Busan Saha-gu: We are going to the place we went again, but we pay at least twice as much as the cost we went before Corona.

It was canceled once.

It was a little difficult because the sun was going down again...


Demand for overseas travel has increased significantly, but the arrival and departure are delayed because the passenger plane cannot arrive during the flight closure time.

In 2019, the number of flights during this time period accounted for 23% of the total.

The skyrocketing airfare is also due to these restrictions on operating hours and number of flights.


Which parts are more relaxed?


First of all, the task is to increase the number of international flights that are currently lacking.

In June, it was planned to increase from 100 to 230 flights a week.

We are also easing quarantine measures upon entry.

In addition to the PCR test, which had to be taken within 48 hours before coming, the rapid antigen test for professionals within 24 hours is also recognized.

In addition, if the accompanying guardian was vaccinated, even if they were not vaccinated, children under the age of 6 did not need to be quarantined after entering the country.

(Video coverage: Kang Dong-cheol, video editing: Lee So-young)