Incheon airport handles record number of passengers during Lunar New Year’s holiday
SEOUL, Over 225,000 passengers traveled through Incheon International Airport last Saturday, the first day of the extended five-day Lunar New Year's holiday, setting a daily record for the gateway to Seoul, officials said Friday.
South Koreans celebrated the Lunar New Year's holiday from Monday to Wednesday, with large numbers going abroad to enjoy an extended vacation before and after the national holiday.
According to Incheon International Airport Corp., the airport handled a total of 1,414,417 passengers from Feb. 1 to Feb. 7.
Notably, an all-time daily high of 225,254 travelers used the Incheon airport on Feb. 2 alone, the corporation said, adding that 122,692 people flew out of the airport on the day.
The figure broke the airport's previous daily passenger traffic record of 219,365 set on Aug. 5, 2018.
The corporation said the Incheon airport handled an average of 202,060 passengers a day during the Feb. 1-7 period, marking an increase of 6.1 percent over 190,377 passengers recorded during last year's Lunar New Year's holiday.
It is the first time that the daily average number of passengers has exceeded 200,000 during national holidays at the Incheon airport.
On Wednesday, the number of arrivals at the airport reached 115,340 people.
South Korea's 14 other local airports, excluding the Incheon airport, were also crowded during the Lunar New Year's holiday, with their aggregate number of passengers reaching 1.66 million during the Feb. 1-7 period. It translates to a daily average of 236,994 passengers, up 3.9 percent from the same period last year.
Source: Yonhap news Agency