More S. Koreans travel abroad on weekends: data

SEOUL-- More South Koreans traveled abroad on weekends in the first nine months of the year, industry data showed Wednesday, as people take advantage of cheaper tickets offered by low-cost carriers.

The number of people who purchased round-trip tickets abroad between Friday and Monday from January to September surged 6.6 times compared with the same period in 2015, according to Skyscanner, an airfare comparison website. The travel agency declined to provide actual numbers.

The most popular destination for weekend trips was Osaka, Japan, followed by the island country's capital city of Tokyo, and Taipei, Taiwan, the travel company said.

Skyscanner said the increase in purchases of weekend-trip tickets to Da Nang, Vietnam, was the most remarkable, soaring 51 times compared with two years ago.

The total number of outbound travelers in South Korea rose 17.7 percent to 17.39 million in the first eight months of the year, according to a separate government data.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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