By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, July 7) - Korean Air announced yesterday that it would be doubling seat capacity to bring more tourists to Guam during a busy summer travel season for South Koreans.

The airline's announcement came as welcome news to the island visitor industry.

Guam's tourist numbers are expected to drop under one million this year for the first time since 1994 as visitor arrivals from economically weakened Japan have declined.

Hong Gyu Hur, regional manager of Korean Air's Guam office, said the airline will increase its flight frequency on the Seoul-Guam route from once to twice daily.

An Airbus-330, which has 296 seats, will be used on the two daily flights, he said.

The additional flights will be implemented between July 21 and Aug. 17.

In addition, Korean Air is operating six flights to bring tourists direct from Pusan, Korea to Guam between July 31 and Aug. 15.

The existing and additional flights from South Korea will provide Guam with a combined 17,500 flight seats during the peak summer travel season for South Koreans, according to the airline.

Hur said the airline advertised Guam in South Korea and offered competitive fare rates to try to help boost visitor traffic to the island.

July 2, 2003

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