Vietjet tops flight tally

SINGAPORE, 2 March 2021: Vietjet flew the most services of Vietnam’s six airlines, with 7,881 flights operated from 19 January to and 18 February 2021, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).

Vietjet also has the highest month-on-month flight growth of 22.1%, overtaking Pacific Airlines at 13.3% and Bamboo Airways at 8.8%. On the other hand, Vietnam Airlines and its subsidiary VASCO had to reduce flights by 7.8% and 14%, respectively. The newly operated Vietravel Airlines’ growth rate is currently unavailable.

During the reported period, which also includes the country’s peak travel season that includes the Lunar New Year holidays, Vietnamese airlines operated 20,944 flights, a 7.4% growth month-on-month in terms of flights operated despite a new wave of infections in the country.

It was, however, down by 37.5% year-on-year. Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways operated 6,725 fights and 4,008 flights, ranking at the second and third. Pacific Airlines came in fourth with 1,640 flights while VASCO and Vietravel recorded 518 and 172 flights.

The average On-time Performance (OTP) index of Vietnamese airlines for the last month was at 94,6%, with an improvement of 9.3% year-on-year. All domestic airlines reported OTP of over 90%. According to CAAV, delays or cancellations resulted from circumstances including unfavourable weather conditions, issues in operation, commercial and airport services, or late aircraft arrival.

In the first months of 2021, the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route remains one of the busiest routes in the world. A report by global flight data provider OAG showed that the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City is the second busiest route after South Korea’s Jeju-Seoul Gimpo with 1.085 million passengers recorded in February 2021 increasing from 1.02 million in the previous month.