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North Korea to restart domestic scheduled flights as tourism grows

Published on Jul 3, 2014 7:06 PM
 
Travellers at the airport in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea will reopen some of its domestic scheduled air routes for the first time in years, a China-based tour operator said on Thursday, another sign of moves to bolster tourism in the isolated country. -- PHOTO: HOE PEI SHAN

SEOUL (REUTERS) - North Korea will reopen some of its domestic scheduled air routes for the first time in years, a China-based tour operator said on Thursday, another sign of moves to bolster tourism in the isolated country.

North Korea suffers from chronic fuel shortages, but has imported large quantities of jet fuel and gasoline from China in the first five months of this year, according to data compiled by Reuters.

"Regular flights like this have not been scheduled before - at least not in the six years we've been doing this," said Troy Collings of Young Pioneer Tours, a China-based company that specialises in taking Western tourists to North Korea.

North Korea's national airline Air Koryo will start operating the flights from mid-July, Mr Collings said.

 
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