Vietnam Airlines’ ticket fee for children aged 2 – 12 will equal 90% of that for adults, compared to the current 75%. This means increases of between VND30,000 and 400,000 (US$1.32 – 17.56) per leg depending on the age of the passengers.
The airline said with the change, children will enjoy equal services as adult passengers in terms of seats, meals and baggage, among others.
Jetstar Pacific, which is majority owned by Vietnam Airlines, also raised the price of its children’s tickets on domestic flights to VND209,000 (US$9.18) per person per leg from the previous VND110,000 – 150,000 (US$4.83 – 6.58).
Meanwhile, VietJet Air said it will increase the price to change passengers’ names and flight dates for both domestic and international routes.
Between April 1 and June 30, in line with a roadmap designed by the Transport Ministry, service charges at airports like Noi Bai, Da Nang, Tan Son Nhat and Cam Ranh, will go up by VND5,000 to VND85,000 (US$3.73). The fee will be VND100,000 (US$4.39) from July 1, 2018. Security screening fees will also increase by VND6,000 per person.
In late 2017, air ticket prices increased significantly due to higher fees and service charges.
Economic experts said airlines can introduce higher fares due to market fluctuations, but stressed transparency to ensure consumers’ rights.
Representatives from several airlines said all changes to fares are in line with the law.