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No. of passengers arriving at S. Korea's key airport hits record high

All Headlines 14:13 October 07, 2017

SEOUL, Oct. 7 (Yonhap) -- The daily number of passengers arriving at South Korea's main airport hit a record high earlier this week, as more South Koreans returned from overseas travels during the extended fall harvest holiday, an airport operator said Saturday.

The number of passengers who entered the South via Incheon International Airport hit 110,435 on Friday, marking an all-time high since the airport's opening in 2001, according to Incheon International Airport Corp. The airport, west of Seoul, is South Korea's main gateway.

This year's Chuseok holiday, which fell on Wednesday, is 10 days long and includes two national holidays and two weekends.

The airport operator said that the tally was attributable to the massive homecoming by South Koreans who left for overseas travel during the holiday.

It said that the tally is likely to break a record on Sunday by reaching 115,762.

The number of outbound passengers using the airport reached a record 114,751 on Sept. 30, the first day of the extended holiday and hit another new high of 116,112 on the following day.

A total of 193,546 people used Incheon International Airport on Saturday, the operator said.

This photo taken on Oct. 2, 2017, shows passengers using Incheon International Airport during South Korea's Chuseok fall harvest holiday. (Yonhap)


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