A representative from low-cost carrier Vietjet Air on May 12 stated that the last few days have seen the capacity of seats on the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route, along with flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang, reach approximately 90% of capacity.
Moreover, flights to other localities are also running close to maximum capacity due to an increase in travel demand among citizens due to the end of the social distancing period.
At present, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines is achieving an average seating capacity of 82% from domestic passengers through Noi Bai international airport, with between 24,000 and 25,000 passengers travelling daily.
Indeed, May 10 saw 27,000 passengers pass through the airport, in comparison to an average of 50,000 domestic passengers per day who travelled before the start of the novel coronavirus epidemic.
A representative from Noi Bai international airport anticipates that the number of domestic tourists will recover due to travel firms slashing prices to stimulate travel demand.
Despite seat spacing rules being lifted, passengers must maintain a safe distance of one metre when conducting entry and exit procedures, security screening, and boarding at airports.
At present, airlines have initiated plans to increase the frequency of domestic routes in order to restore the entire domestic flight network starting from June.
Dinh Viet Thang, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), said the local aviation market has shown initial signs of recovery with the easing of social distancing as airlines carry 39,000 passengers per day, equaling 38% of the daily average seen last year.
Thang, however, predicts that passenger numbers during the summer’s peak will be only be equal to 60% of last year’s figures due to students still having to go to school.
Furthermore, the domestic aviation market is forecast to recover completely by next year, while the international aviation market is expected to bounce back by the end of 2021.
Currently, airlines are co-ordinating efforts with major travel firms and resorts to develop stimulus packages aimed at restoring the domestic tourism market by offering preferential airfares, in addition to resort vouchers in the hope of boosting passenger numbers during the summer.