|Passengers abide by 2-meter distance rule when conducting check-in procedures (Photo: VNA)
Of the overall figure, the number of foreign arrivals declined by 99.4% to 21,000 while the number of domestic holidaymakers plummeted by 97.3% to 167,000.
Local airlines also saw a drastic decrease in business during April, transporting 86,000 passengers overall, representing an annual fall of 98.1%.
According to economists, this sharp decline in the number of passengers can be attributed to the serious impact of the novel coronavirus epidemic. Most notably, the implementation of social distancing measures at the beginning of April has also served to have a significant reduction in terms of the number of flights that are able to operate.
With regard to the aviation sector, the Ministry of Transport has issued a document outlining how frequently flights can run in addition to what capacity they are able to operate at.
As a result, from 0:00 on April 29 until the end of April 30, the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route will operate with a total frequency of 28 return flights each day.
Moreover, there will be eight return flights every day on the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City - Da Nang air route, while air routes to other localities will be dependent on the demands of airlines.
In addition, from 7:00 on May 1 to May 15, the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route will run a total of 36 return flights per day, while the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City-Da Nang route will operate 12 round trips each day.
From 0:00 on May 16, the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route will ramp up to 52 return flights per day, with the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City-Da Nang route running 20 round trips per day.