SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese passengers of the detained Henna cruise in Jeju, South Korea started to return to China in batches on Sunday, according to the Chinese Consulate General in Jeju Island.
The first batch of around 280 passengers will departure from Jeju Island to China at 13:30 p.m. local time by plane of China Hainan Airlines, said Chen Junjie, consul of the Chinese Consulate General in Jeju Island.
Chen said China Hainan Airlines on Sunday would send four planes with a total of over 1,000 detained Chinese passengers to fly back to their home country. The rest of the passengers will leave for China by plane or ship as their own wish.
The cruise Henna, with 1,659 passengers and a crew of 650 on board, was scheduled to sail from Jeju to Incheon at 4:00 p.m. local time Friday. It was detained before departure by a Jeju court which received a seizure application on claims of legal disputes from a subsidiary company of Jiangsu Shagang Group Co., Ltd., the cruise operator said Saturday.
Chinese cruise liner detained in Jeju Island
BEIJING, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- China's National Tourism Administration (NTA) asked on late Saturday for the immediate release of a Chinese cruise, the Henna, which was detained on Friday in Jeju Island, the Republic of Korea (ROK), by a local court upon a request of another Chinese company.
The NTA has contacted the ROK Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and asked the ROK side to take measures and release the cruise liner as soon as possible, an NTA spokesman told Xinhua. Full story