With the recovery of daily life after
COVID, there has been quite a few travelers going abroad. However, flights have not increased as much yet, so ticket prices are on the high side, especially low-cost tickets.

Reporter Park Ye-rin contributed to this report.


Departure hall of Incheon Airport. Even though it's a weekday, it's crowded with travelers with suitcases in hand.

There were also long lines at airline counters.

In January this year, the number of international passengers in Korea reached 1.461 million, 7 times higher than a year ago.

[Hansera/Low-cost airline passengers: (Corona period) I'm a little frustrated with my company life, so I want to go with my family in a good season...]

Demand for travel to Japan and Southeast Asia has surged, mainly due to the high ticket prices of low-cost airlines flying on these routes.

When I searched for a round trip to Osaka in Japan at the end of March on a flight comparison site, it was generally in the late 1,12 won.

Compared to the pre-corona period of 3~50,20 won, it has increased significantly.

In the case of the peak season in early May, the cheapest is 30,5 won, which is not much different from the ticket price of a large airline of 61,65 won.

[Cho Seo-yeon/Low-cost airline passenger: Overall, I wondered if I would have to pay this money because it was too expensive, but everything became too expensive and I had to help...]

The number of international flights has not yet increased to pre-COVID levels, so supply is not keeping up with demand, and the increase in fuel surcharges due to the rise in international oil prices has also had an impact.

Some low-cost airlines have changed their routes to Jeju to international flights, which has led to an increase in the price of flights to Jeju.

The industry expects prices to stabilize after May as air routes increase at a faster pace.

(Video Interview: Kim Se-kyung and Kim Nam Sung Kim, Video Editor: Choi Hye-young, CG: Kang Kyung-rim and Jeon Yoo-geun, VJ: Park Hyun-woo)