S. Korea to allow international flights without landing

SEOUL — With the COVID-19 pandemic weighing on the airline industry, Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said Thursday that the government would help local airliners launch international flights without landing.
“To support the ailing airline industry and fuel the mood for spending, we have decided to pursue adoption of a new type of traveling — international flights without landing,” Hong, who doubles as deputy prime minister said in a meeting of economic-related ministers.
The special flights would allow local carriers to enter airspace above other countries, but return without landing. It would be similar to the “flights to nowhere” programs that the local airlines have been promoting…

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