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Korean Air and Asiana Airlines see reduced impact from swine flu

21-Aug-2009 10:19 AM

South Korean aviation officials stated the effects of swine flu on demand for international travel is dissipating, with stronger reservations between 20-Aug-2009 to 31-Aug-2009 than the 14-19-Aug-2009 period (heraldm, 21-Aug-09). Korean Air's international load factors have improved, with Japan services increasing 3 ppts to 74% on 19-Aug-2009, and on China services by 6 ppts to 61%. Southeast Asian load factors also gained, up 3 ppts to 65%. Forward bookings for Sep-2009 also increased. Meanwhile, Asiana Airlines’ international load factors also climbed, by 5 ppts, in the 20-Aug-2009 to 31-Aug-2009 period.