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Travel agencies launch charter flight packages as air fares rise

This undated file photo shows flight departure times at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul.  (Yonhap)

This undated file photo shows flight departure times at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul. (Yonhap)

SEOUL, July 15 (Korea Bizwire)South Korea’s major travel agencies are launching tour packages on charter flights mainly for Southeast Asia as part of efforts to better cope with the recent rise in airfare prices caused by rising oil prices and the weak Korean won.

Hana Tour sold specially priced airline tickets to Southeast Asia departing in July and August via a live trade show on Thursday.

It sells charter air tickets for major Southeast Asian routes, including Da Nang, Phuket and Boracay, in a package with travel insurance products.

The company also sells charter air tickets from local cities including Busan-Da Nang and Muan-Da Nang.

Mode Tour also sells tour packages for travel in Southeast Asia by bundling charter air tickets with hotels.

Tour packages include a four-night package to Da Nang and Hoi An in Vietnam, and another package to Cebu and Bohol in the Philippines.

Package tours with charter flights are offered on the basis of charter contracts between travel agencies and airlines. As a result, airline ticket prices remain unchanged even if fuel surcharges increase.

“Charter plane tickets also allow travel agencies to book and arrange many seats,” an industry official said.

JS Shin ([email protected])