HANOI, 24 July 2017: Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority reports passenger movements reached 30.3 million, up 19.5% year-on-year, for the first half of this year.
Saigon Times media quoted the CAAV data that showed there were 21.8 million passenger trips representing an increase of 15.1% year-on-year.
Four domestic airlines operate 52 domestic routes connecting Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City with 18 local airports. Airlines serving the domestic market comprise of Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, Jetstar Pacific Airlines and VASCO.
Foreign airlines together and three Vietnamese airlines (Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air and Jetstar Pacific Airlines) operate 105 air routes connecting Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Hai Phong with international destinations.
Local and foreign carriers also have conducted chartered flights to Can Tho, Da Lat and Vinh.
As of June 2017, Vietnam has a combined fleet of 164 aircraft with an average age of 5.7, up by 17 planes compared to the end of 2016.
Flight delays and cancellations improved slights, the report said. From January to June, air carriers operated a total of 137,600 flights, up 7.2% year-on-year. Flight delays and cancellations accounted for 12.2% and 0.5% of the total respectively, down 3.6 percentage points and 0.1 percentage point year-on-year.
Civil aviation authorities estimate the country’s airports served 87 million passengers movements last year. That figure will rise another 10% to 15% this year.