Air Charter Service stresses need for contingency plans in Korea

Event professionals planning events in South Korea should ensure they have contingency plans in place for the eventuality that hostilities escalate in North Korea, according to Air Charter Service (ACS).

Seoul: South Korea's capital
Seoul: South Korea's capital

Gavin Copus, ACS’s business development director, told C&IT that the aircraft charter specialist is receiving "growing interest" from large corporations seeking contingency advice for expatriate staff based in South Korea.

He said: "If a planner’s got a group of 200 to 300 people then I’d imagine it’s in their interest to know how to move people back out of South Korea again." He noted that Seoul is hosting a medical conference at its Coex conference and exhibition centre.

He advised that groups be aware of flights out of the region from airports other than the capital Seoul, where scheduled flights would suffer severe disruption in the event of an evacuation.

"Don’t think of going to Seoul – a contingency would be to have your buses head south to other airports.

"In these situations, companies have to have due diligence and contingency plans in place for staff. That’s the stage at the moment – we’re not actually moving anyone, just receiving requests for planning. Plan for the worst and hope for the best."

ACS has compiled an Evacuation Planning Guide. "Whilst we are confident that the situation will be resolved peacefully, planning for the worst is essential as we know how quickly circumstances can change," he added.

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