S. Korea carriers fully booked for holiday
Thursday 27 January 2011
South Korean carriers have been fully booked by travellers going abroad during next week's Lunar New Year holiday, airport authorities said Thursday.
Millions customarily travel to home towns during the traditional holiday, which falls this year on February 2-4, or travel overseas.
Between Tuesday and Sunday, 588,902 passengers are expected to go abroad, the highest number in seven years, Incheon International Airport spokesman Kim Soo-Yong told AFP.
International flights bound for Southeast Asian countries, southern China and Oceania were fully booked throughout next week, he said.
"More people are going abroad this year as the holiday will be followed by a weekend," Kim said, adding a prolonged cold spell and the nation's worst outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease were also encouraging overseas travel.
People have been advised not to travel to regions hit by the highly contagious animal disease, which has seen more than 2.7 million livestock culled since November 29.
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