South Korea to Halt Flight Takeoffs and Landings During College Entrance Exam

SEOUL – In a move to regulate noise and facilitate a conducive environment for students, the South Korean government has announced that all aircraft takeoffs and landings will be temporarily prohibited during this year's College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT).

According to Yonhap News Agency, the transportation ministry, the restrictions will be in place for 35 minutes, from 1:05 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. on Thursday, particularly during the English listening evaluation portion of the national college entrance exam. The decision aims to prevent aircraft noise from disrupting the exam, a significant academic event in South Korea. During this period, all aircraft in flight, except in emergency situations, must maintain an altitude of 3 kilometers or higher, under the control of air traffic control authorities.

The ministry stated that operating schedules of 94 flights would be adjusted to accommodate this regulation, with airlines providing advance notices to passengers with reservations. The CSAT, a highly anticipated event held on the third Thursday of November each year, is crucial for many South Korean students aspiring to enter top universities.

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