First charter flight from Seoul arrives on Miyako-jima

First charter flight from Seoul arrives on Miyako-jima

In the morning of February 8, tourists from South Korea were welcomed by local people at Miyako Airport.


February 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 8, an Asiana Airlines charter flight carrying 179 tourists arrived from Korea at Miyako Airport in Miyako-jima. This is the first time that Asiana Airlines has offered the flight between Seoul and Miyako-jima. People from the Miyako-jima Tourism Association held a welcome ceremony for the tourists at the airport. The Korean Lotte Tour Development Co. promoted this two-night and three-day tour, which has two options, either playing three rounds of golf at three separate golf courses on the island or sightseeing around Miyako-jima.

At the welcome ceremony, local groups performed eisa and a traditional lion dance, and served the guests mini bottles of locally-produced awamori and mango juice, as well as Orion beer.

Unfortunately, it was a rainy day in Miyako-jima, but the Korean tourists from Seoul, where they have extremely cold midwinter weather with the lowest temperature minus 14 C, were satisfied with the warm temperature. A 57 year-old tourist said, “The sea is beautiful, and I sense the peaceful atmosphere here. I’ve heard that the night sky is beautiful, so I’m looking forward to seeing it.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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