Flights to resume between S.Korea's Gimpo and Japan's Haneda airports

The South Korean government says air routes will reopen between Gimpo Airport in Seoul, and Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The passenger route has been suspended since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

South Korea's transport ministry said on Wednesday that it reached an agreement a day earlier with the Japanese side to reopen the route on June 29. Eight round trips, or 16 flights, will be operated per week.

The ministry says it plans to increase flights from July taking into account travel demand and circumstances at airline companies. The ministry says it will launch a campaign to attract tourists from Japan.

Transport minister Won Hee-ryong says the route linking Gimpo and Haneda airports is a symbol of exchange between Seoul and Tokyo. Won says he hopes reopening the connection will help revitalize travel between the two countries.

South Korea's government under President Yoon Suk-yeol has indicated that it will aim to improve strained ties with Japan. It began issuing tourist visas again on June 1.