Airlines to increase flights as passengers skyrocket in numbers for Tet

VOV.VN - The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has made a proposal to the Ministry of Transport in an effort to increase the number of flights available during the peak time for the upcoming Lunar New Year, known locally as Tet, to meet passengers’ demand.

Statistics indicate that up to 4,480 flights were operated, carrying a total of 547,000 passengers from December 29, 2021, to January 10, 2022, with the seat occupancy rate reaching 64%.

Passengers’ demand on the Ho Chi Minh City-Hanoi route and from the southern city to the Central Highlands, as well as to central and northern provinces, during the reviewed period rose sharply with a seat occupancy of over 70%.

The booking rate on the airlines’ system is now at over 50%, with the figure occasionally rising to 90%. Most notably, the booking rate was at 91% on Vietjet Air’s system on January 18 and 92% on Vietnam Airlines’ system on January 22 on the HCM City-Vinh route.

Furthermore, February 6 flights on the Ho Chi Minh City-Hue route of Vietnam Airlines recorded the highest booking rate of 100%.

According to the CAAV, the rates show that the travel demand of passengers from Ho Chi Minh City to other localities nationwide during the Tet period is increasing significantly.

The authority therefore proposed that the Ministry of Transport consider increasing flights to meet travel demand during the festive season from January 14.

The previously-approved plan will see approximately 14,000 flights with 2.7 million seats between January 19 and February 16, equivalent to 70% to 75% compared to Tet in 2021.