Omicron · In quarantine… Suspension of flights between Incheon and Guam


Due to the spread of Omicron, a new variant of COVID-19, and the implementation of quarantine measures for domestic arrivals, flights to Guam, a resort area, are being hit first.

According to the airline industry today (the 5th), domestic airlines are delaying the re-operation date of Incheon-Guam routes or canceling scheduled flights.

Air Seoul tried to resume the Incheon-Guam route on the 23rd of this month, after 660 days of suspension, but postponed the flight date to January 29 next year due to the spread of Omicron mutation.

Air Seoul will change the ticket and waive the refund fee for existing reservation passengers.

Jeju Air has canceled all 7 flights to Guam, scheduled from the previous day to the 16th.

Jeju Air, which resumed flights to Guam on the 25th of last month, was scheduled to operate flights to Guam four times a week from this month.

We are planning to operate 4 times a week after the 16th, but the operation may be reduced depending on the quarantine situation.

T’way Air also plans to suspend flights between Incheon and Guam next week and monitor the future situation.

Jin Air, which currently operates the Incheon-Guam route four times a week, has canceled the flights on the 8th and 10th of this month and decided to operate only twice a week.

Asiana Airlines originally planned to resume flights to Guam on the 23rd of this month, but there is a possibility that it will be postponed to next year.

The reduction in flights to Guam seems to be because, unlike Saipan, Guam has not signed a ‘Travel Bubble’ (Travel Safety Zone) with the Korean government, an exemption from quarantine for incoming travelers.

As the government enforced a 10-day quarantine for all inbound travelers from the 3rd of this month, Korean tourists who visited Guam must be quarantined after returning home.

There is also growing concern in the airline industry that international flights may be serially reduced starting with the Guam route.

In the past, entry into the United States was possible if a negative confirmation was received within three days of departure, but the requirement was strengthened to within one day.

Passengers bound for the United States departing after 2pm (Korea time) on the 6th must submit a voice confirmation one day in advance.

France has made it mandatory for passengers departing from Korea to have a negative certificate within 48 hours of departure, regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated.

In principle, Japan has banned all foreign nationals from entering the country.

As governments around the world tighten entry procedures, the number of overseas travelers is expected to decrease.

In this regard, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) issued a statement on the 26th of last month in the name of Secretary-General Willy Walsh, stressing that travel restrictions are not a long-term solution to control omicron mutations.

The number of passengers on domestic flights is also highly likely to decrease as travel sentiment shrinks due to a surge in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Korea.

Domestic passengers recorded 3.314,000 in October and 3.249,000 in November, but are expected to drop below 3 million again this month.

An airline industry official said, “Resorts such as Guam were profitable routes even during the COVID-19 crisis.

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