The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has just proposed to the Ministry of Transport to increase the frequency of round trips with three routes: Hanoi – Da Nang, Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), preliminary statistics after 5 days of pilot implementation (from October 10 to 14), four airlines which are Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways, and Pacific Airlines have carried out 98 one-way flights (out of 200 approved flights) on 16 routes (out of 20 planned routes). These flights were to and from over 16/22 airports and transported 5,924 passengers in total.
However, the leader of the CAAV also admitted that the rate of these flights was still low (49%) because many flights had very low booking rates, even zero passengers.
The reason pointed out by the CAAV is that the airline can only open ticket sales after receiving official documents from the authority, so on the first and second days (October 10 and 11), passengers did not have enough time to access information and plan their travel.
Moreover, many routes have low demand, so airlines cannot exploit or limit their exploitation such as Thanh Hoa – Lien Khuong (Lam Dong), Ho Chi Minh City – Ca Mau/Rach Gia (Kien Giang), Da Nang – Can Tho/Buon Ma Thuot (Dak Lak). Contradictory, routes to and from northern regions such as Hanoi, Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An… were limited therefore unable to meet the passenger demands.
On the other hand, the rate of vaccination against COVID-19 in some localities is still low, so passengers cannot meet the requirements, especially families with children under 18 years old who have not been vaccinated can not travel even if they want to.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam proposes to increase the frequency of round trips and ease requirements for passengers
Passengers on flights departing from areas with level 4 pandemics or implementing regional lockdown are required to have a negative test result for SARS-Co-V2 with RT-PCR method or antigen rapid test done within 72 hours before departure time.
Passengers departing from other areas need to meet one of three conditions:
The CAAV proposes to operate round-trip flights on all routes applied from October 21 to October 30. Three routes Hanoi – Da Nang, Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City will increase the frequency of round trips to six trips per day for each route.
Specifically, Vietnam Airlines operates 2 flights per day, Vietjet Air operates 2 flights per day, Bamboo Airways and Pacific Airlines operate 1 flight per day. On other routes, each airline can operate no more than 1 round trip per day.
For Vietravel Airlines, it can operate with a frequency of 1 round trip/day on each route from November 2021.
Within 15 days from the date of application (October 21, 2021), the CAAV will assess the pandemic control situation in localities and across the country to propose a new plan to adjust the suitable frequency for flights.
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