Transport ministry considers resuming several int’l flights

The Ministry of Transport (MoT) has asked its Department of Transport and Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) to study and propose the restoration of a number of international flights following the coronavirus epidemic under control in Vietnam.

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Vietnam Airlines has been badly affected by the COVID-19 disease
MoT Nguyen Van The made the request during a meeting of the ministry’s meeting on May 6, as airlines prepare to restart domestic routes following the easing of social distancing measures designed to prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic. 

CAAV Director Dinh Viet Thang said that the air transport sector is recovering quickly after the regulations have been gradually eased.

Thang said in the past six days alone, including four public holidays, domestic airlines carried 230,000 passengers, reaching an average of 39,000 passengers per day, equivalent to 38% of the figure last year.

“It is likely that the aviation market will recover locally by the middle of next year and internationally by the end of 2021,” Thang said.

Domestic airlines carried about 1.231 million passengers and 105 million tonnes of goods in the first four months of this year, down 27.5% and 7.2% year-on-year, respectively.

Tran Bao Ngoc, Director of the MoT’s Department of Transport, said the aviation sector is the most affected of the five transport sectors, including railway and waterway.

He said Vietnamese airlines have stopped operating almost all domestic and international routes, running only a few international passenger flights, cargo flights and three routes connecting Hanoi, Da Nang and HCM City to serve the essential needs of air transport.

Since April 1, the number of passengers travelling by air is only by 1-2% compared to the pre-pandemic period, Ngoc said.

Vietnam Airlines is one of the most affected businesses. In the first quarter of this year, the firm’s consolidated revenue decreased by about 26%.

The revenue and profit of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) decreased by 24%, while the flight control output and revenue of the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation (VATM) decreased by 60% year-on-year.

Air transport is taking place in a worse situation than expected, with an estimated volume of about 43 million passengers carried in 2020, down 46% year-on-year, Ngoc said.