|In this Aug. 24 file photo, people sit on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Korean Air Lines, said Wednesday it will resume flights to Hawaii next month after suspending the route for 19 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AP-Yonhap|
Korean Air Lines, South Korea's biggest carrier, said Wednesday it will resume flights to Hawaii next month after suspending the route for 19 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Korean Air made the decision to preemptively prepare for the post-pandemic travel demand as the government plans to adopt a "Living with COVID-19" scheme, under which COVID-19 is treated as an infectious respiratory disease like the seasonal influenza, with eased distancing being implemented.
The national flag carrier will resume three flights a week on the Incheon-Honolulu route Nov. 3, the company said in a statement.
Inbound passengers are exempt from a mandatory 10-day quarantine in Hawaii if they submit documents that prove they tested negative for COVID-19.
Smaller rival Asiana Airlines Inc., however, said it does not have a plan to resume flights to the U.S. Pacific island. (Yonhap)