Airlines in Japan and South Korea are trying new ideas to attract travelers

Border restrictions which are part of the response to the pandemic in Japan have deterred most tourists from visiting the country. So, an airline takes an unusual approach to generating revenue by offering extreme discounts on domestic flights.

Peach Aviation said it will sell 150 unlimited passes to passengers 12 and older with valid photo ID giving one month of access to the 33 domestic flights of the low-cost company. He said he was speaking specifically to digital nomads in Japan who work remotely and seek “workstations” in places they haven’t been after months of coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

On Tuesday, the first 30 buyers could purchase a pass for as low as $ 173. (By comparison, a 21-day Japan Rail Pass costs $ 583.) For an additional $ 87, they could reserve their seats and bring a checked bag. Fares for the remaining 120 passes would cost an additional $ 87.

The airline is hoping to tap a demand for domestic flights after restrictions bring most planes to a standstill.

“There have been signs of a recovery in passenger demand, a trend that is expected to increase as vaccinations progress,” the airline said in a statement in August.

Low-cost airlines in South Korea, which are also trying to boost demand for domestic flights, have offered equally high discounted tickets. At least one airline sells something there other than a seat on an airplane.

South Korean low-cost carrier T’way Air has sought new sources of income by selling its bacon and tomato spaghetti, burger steak over rice and other in-flight meals to customers on the ground.

Its microwave-safe dishes are designed to “remind customers of the happiness and excitement they feel when traveling by plane,” the ads on Coupang, the country’s largest online shopping site, said. where meals are offered.

The travel industry in both countries is still a long way from regaining its pre-pandemic activity levels. Affiliates of ANA Holdings, including Peach Aviation and other airlines, said they carried 1.35 million passengers on domestic flights in July, about a third of the number of passengers in the same month in 2019.

In South Korea, Incheon Airport said it served 5.4 million passengers for domestic travel in September, just 40% of the number of domestic passengers who flew in September 2019.

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