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Published on : Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Jeju International Airport on South Korea’s southernmost resort island is back into operation after heavy snowfall for over 40 hours forced the temporary closure of the airport. The resort island airport operated hundreds of flights overnight, carrying some 23,900 people off the island, the government said Tuesday.
The overnight operation came after heavy snow, sub-zero temperatures and strong winds forced one of South Korea’s busiest airports to go dark early Saturday evening, which resulted in flight cancellations and thousands of stranded travelers.
The Jeju Regional Office of Aviation said a total of 355 flights, 155 inbound and 200 outbound, were safely executed as of 5.20am Tuesday, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
Some 150 flights, in addition to regularly scheduled ones, have been in operation since the resumption to help people stranded on Jeju.
It is estimated that some 86,900 people had been stuck, with 1,400 forced into an extended stay at the airport terminal itself.
The authorities said the airport, with one main operational runway that can accommodate 34 takeoff and landing slots per hour, was put into full operation. At peak time around 10pm, separate flights landed and took off with just 100 seconds between them.