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Lunar New Year flights have been canceled due to bad weather in South Korea


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South Korean authorities said, on Tuesday, that about 500 flights to and from the tourist island of Jeju in South Korea were canceled due to the cold wave that swept the country, which disrupted the last day of the Lunar New Year holiday for travelers.

An airport spokesperson told Reuters that all 466 domestic flights and 10 international flights scheduled to travel to and from Jeju International Airport were cancelled.

Korean Air confirmed that it had canceled 88 of its daily flights in and out of the island.

Tuesday saw some of the coldest temperatures of the season, and heavy snow and strong winds are expected to lash southern parts of the country including Jeju.

Weather authorities have issued cold wave alerts for most of the country, with morning temperatures dropping to minus 16.4 degrees Celsius (2.5 Fahrenheit) in Seoul and to minus 25.5 degrees in North Cheorwon Province, according to Yonhap News Agency.

Yonhap also reported that hundreds of ferry services have been canceled across the country.

Tuesday was the last day of the Lunar New Year holiday, one of the two biggest holidays in South Korea.

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