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Transportation of passengers stranded at Jeju airport completed

All News 11:22 January 27, 2016

SEJONG, Jan. 27 (Yonhap) -- Airlines have completed transporting tens of thousands of passengers stranded over the weekend by heavy snowfall off the southern resort island of Jeju, the government said Wednesday.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said since the first flight departed Jeju International Airport on Monday, 413 flights have taken off, carrying 72,753 passengers, after operations at the airport resumed.

The number included 9,340 people who left aboard 71 international flights. The occupancy rate of the flights reached 91.5 percent, according to the ministry.

Record snowfalls, sub-zero temperatures and strong winds forced one of South Korea's busiest airports to shut down for nearly three days starting Saturday, resulting in massive flight cancellations and tens of thousands of stranded travelers.

South Korea's No. 1 carrier Korean Air carried the most passengers off the island on 83 flights, followed by the runner-up Asiana Airlines, which executed 73 flights during the period.

The authorities said the airport, with one main operational runway that can accommodate 34 takeoff and landing slots per hour, was put into full operation since flights resumed. At peak time, around 10 p.m. on Monday, separate flights landed and took off with just 100 seconds between them.

Airlines said they have finished operating extra flights to help the people stranded on Jeju.

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