Air carriers hectic on threshold of Lunar New Year

Domestic air carriers said they will operate about 33,800 flights during the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, or between January 24 and February 2, up 14 per cent year-on-year and 21 per cent as compared with normal days.

About domestic air carriers, There will be some 24,200 flights, representing increases of 2 per cent from the same period last year and 27 per cent compared with normal days; and 9,600 international flights, up 60 per cent and 9 per cent respectively.

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Domestic air carriers expect to operate about 33,800 flights during the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday. (Photo: VNA)

The busiest routes include Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City, HCM City-Da Nang/Vinh/Dong Hoi/Quy Nhon/Chu Lai/Thanh Hoa/Hue/Tuy Hoa, and Can Tho-Vinh, and vice versa.

The airlines expect to fly 7.2 million passengers during Tet, the biggest holiday in the year in Vietnam, of more than 5 million domestic, up 4 per cent year-on-year.

As of January 4, flights between HCM City and Van Don district in the northern province of Quang Ninh had been fully booked, while the booking on other main routes ranged from 84.53 per cent to 99 per cent.

Earlier, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) issued a document allowing night flights during the Tet holiday and asked carriers to minimise flight delays and cancellations and intensify control to ensure aviation safety.

The CAAV also urged ground and aviation service providers to develop specific plans and measures to ensure the capacity to provide services during the holiday and ensure sufficient resources and equipment to serve flights by airlines' operation plans.

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(Source: VNA)