The Straits Times
Published on Oct 18, 2012

North Korea seeks charter flights with Taiwan


TAIPEI (AFP) - A top tourism official from North Korea has visited Taiwan to seek charter flights that could carry more tourists to the communist state, officials and media said on Thursday.

Mr Jo Song Gyu met travel agents and was interviewed by Formosa TV during his four-day trip to the island, which ends on Sunday.

"Since the distance between North Korea and Taiwan is not far, there's no reason not to have transportation services," said Mr Jo, described by the TV station as being the deputy chief of North Korea's government tourism bureau.

He proposed charter flights that would take Taiwanese tourists to Pyongyang when the North celebrates its annual 40-day tourism festival beginning in August next year.