Jeju Air has heeded the call of Korean nationals in the CNMI who are appealing for help to fly to South Korea.
Jeju Air will be flying out over a hundred Korean nationals on May 27, 2020, at 3:40pm, according to Chris Chang from the Korean Community of Saipan. “People who have reserved seats are expected to come to the airport two hours prior to the scheduled flight.” he said.
Chang also told Saipan Tribune that there is a high likelihood this will be Jeju Air’s last flight to and from Saipan. “Although the [CNMI] government is assuming direct flights from South Korea will resume no later than July, there is a huge possibility that flights from South Korea might not,” he added.
According to Chang, this will be the second rescue flight for Korean residents on Saipan who need to travel to South Korea directly. “The first rescue flight we did was with Asiana Air. We wanted…to give opportunities to other airlines as well, that is why Jeju Air is flying them out this time. …The maximum capacity is 150 seats and currently, there are 30 vacant seats left,” he said.
He clarified that this rescue flight is not for free and people need to pay for their tickets. “Anyone who is interested can come to the Korean Community of Saipan [on May 19 and 20] to reserve seats,” he added.
Chang said the Korean Community of Saipan has been working for some time now trying to figure out how to send their compatriots to Korea in the midst of the pandemic. All flights to and coming from South Korea have been suspended since March due COVID-19 concerns.