Lead] Aircraft operations at Jeju International Airport, which had been stranded due to strong winds and heavy snow amidst the cold wave, resumed from the morning of today (25th).
The airport decided to put in additional temporary flights and extend the take-off and landing permits at Gimpo Airport until tomorrow morning.
This is Reporter Kim Hyung-rae.
As the weather conditions in Jeju improved little by little, flight operations at Jeju Airport resumed at 7:00 am.
A total of 514 flights, including temporary ones, were scheduled to operate today, and it has been confirmed that there are no canceled or planned flights yet.
However, it is reported that there are many delayed cases among flights departing from Jeju.
To transport passengers stranded in Jeju, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has decided to extend the take-off and landing permits at Gimpo Airport by two hours until 1:00 a.m. tomorrow.
Previously, Jeju Airport canceled a total of 476 flights, including 466 domestic flights and 10 international flights, due to strong winds and heavy snow yesterday, the last day of the Lunar New Year holiday.
As more than 40,000 people, including those visiting their hometowns and tourists, were stranded, the airport was congested throughout the day with passengers who urgently changed their itinerary and sought alternative flights.
[Kim Eun-jin/Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do: I called (to the airline), but now I can't connect.
I don't know whether I should change the ticket now or buy it again now (I came to the airport.)]
However, yesterday and today, 60,000 to 70,000 passengers booked flights, so even if flights resume today, it will not be easy to find empty seats.
Jeju Airport said that flight delays could occur again due to fluctuating weather conditions, and requested to check the airline's notice and flight status one more time in advance before moving to the airport.
(Video editing: Park Ki-duk)