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Air tickets from Japan to South Korea fall to less than 10 dollars

2019-09-13T23:37:30.198Z

As a trade dispute continues between the two countries, travel between them is decreasing, as are flight prices.



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(CNN) - If you've ever wanted to travel between Japan and South Korea, there's no better time than now: air fares are as cheap as $ 8.38.

As a trade dispute continues between the two countries, travel between them is decreasing, as are flight prices.

It costs as little as 10,000 South Korean won ($ 8.38) to fly one way from Seoul to Fukuoka on the Eastar Jet economic airline at this time, and only 1,000 Japanese yen ($ 9.35) in the other direction.

This excludes tax and fuel surcharges, but even so, added up, prices are much lower than normal. The Eastar flight from Fukuoka to Seoul costs 7,590 yen ($ 71) with all additional fares.

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That is about 60% to 80% less than prices a year ago, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

It is particularly unusual, since in September you usually see higher ticket prices: many people travel to visit their family during the national holidays of Chuseok in mid-September, also known as the Korean Thanksgiving.

Travelers in recent years have complained in online forums about prices that reach several hundred US dollars.

Rising tensions

This is only the last side effect of the ongoing trade dispute, which began in July when Tokyo imposed controls on South Korean exports of three chemical materials, which are used to make computer chips, among other things.

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Last month, Japan officially removed South Korea from its list of preferred business partners. In response, South Korea did the same, and ended a military exchange agreement with Japan that was signed in 2016.

Tensions had previously increased for months, derived in part from Japan's colonial rule over the Korean Peninsula at the beginning of the 20th century.

In early August, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the country was "a victim of the great suffering of Japanese imperialism" in a statement about the conflict.

Now, the tourism industries of the countries are receiving the blow. There were 561,700 South Korean tourists who visited Japan in July, a 7.6% decrease from the same period last year, according to statistics from the Japanese government.

The opposite is also true: the number of Japanese travelers to South Korea decreased 1.3% from May to June, then 2.7% from June to July, according to the Korea Tourism Organization of the Government.

These decreasing travel figures are reflected in the prices and schedules of airline flights.

In August, Korean Air said it was eliminating six flight routes to and from Japan, citing "a decrease in demand for Japanese routes due to tensions between Korea and Japan."

Source: cnnespanol

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