Inflight DFS sales drop amid keen competition with Internet, airport stores: data

SEOUL-- Sales at inflight duty-free shops operated by South Korea's national flag carriers have decreased in the past few years, industry data showed Wednesday, amid fierce competition with Internet and airport duty-free stores.

Sales figures for South Korea's eight carriers dropped to 332.8 billion won (US$293.7 million) last year from 346.6 billion won in 2014 and 337.8 billion won in 2015, according to the statistics compiled by Rep. An Ho-young of the ruling Democratic Party.

By airline, Korean Air sold the most at 189.1 billion won, trailed by Asiana Airlines at 110.8 billion won.

Jin Air topped the list of six budget carriers at 10.8 billion won.

Air Busan came in second with 9 billion won, followed by Jeju Air at 7.7 billion won, Eastar Jet at 2.7 billion won, T'way Air at 2.4 billion won and Air Seoul at 300 million won.

Whisky was the most popular item, followed by red ginseng and cigarettes.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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