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South Korean budget airlines learn to get creative to stay aloft

Jeju Air turns to cargo to compensate for dearth of flights to China and Japan

Jeju Air is South Korea's largest low-cost carrier. (Photo courtesy of Jeju Air)

SEOUL -- Although South Korea's airline industry is staging a measurable comeback in passenger traffic, the recovery has failed to benefit the country's low-cost carriers, forcing them to seek other revenue streams to survive.

In this third year into the pandemic, many South Koreans have spent the summer travel season flying overseas. Passengers on international flights in July multiplied 6.3 times from a year earlier to 1.84 million, according to government data.

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