Airlines expanding domestic flights as tourism demand picks up

The Vietnam Airlines Group will increase flight numbers on nearly 30 domestic routes starting from March 28.
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Vietnam Airlines Group will increase flight numbers on nearly 30 domestic routes. Photo: Vietnam Airlines

The group, comprising the national flag carrier, Pacific Airlines and Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO), is set to expand flights to 15 key destinations, including major cities and tourist spots such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Quy Nhon, Da Lat, Cam Ranh, and Phu Quoc.
The Vietnam Airlines Group will increase flight numbers on nearly 30 domestic routes starting from March 28, as tourism demand picks up following containment of the nation’s third COVID-19 outbreak.

It will add 280-400 flights each week, equivalent to 56,000-80,000 seats, to its domestic flight network.

The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will operate more flights to Hai Phong, Vinh, Thanh Hoa, Da Nang, Cam Ranh, Da Lat, Buon Ma Thuot, and Phu Quoc.

The airline will operate from six to 14 flights per week between Hai Phong, Da Lat, Vinh, Da Nang, and Phu Quoc, and between Hai Phong and Buon Ma Thuot.

Meanwhile, Pacific Airlines will operate four more flights each day between Hanoi and HCM City, while two more flights a day will run from HCM City to Cam Ranh, Phu Quoc, Quy Nhon, Chu Lai, Vinh, and Thanh Hoa. It will also resume two flights each day on the Hanoi-Da Nang route.

New carrier Vietravel Airlines has recently opened a regular route between HCM City and Da Lat. Bamboo Airways and Vietjet have also launched major promotions to boost travel.

In the first two months, local carriers served 4.8 million passengers, down 45 percent year-on-year, according to the General Statistics Office.

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The Vietnam Airlines Group has seriously observed COVID-19 prevention and control measures. Photo: Vietnam Airlines

The Vietnam Airlines Group has seriously observed COVID-19 prevention and control measures, such as asking passengers to make medical declarations, checking their body temperature, and providing them with hand sanitiser.

Notably, it is offering one-way fares of just VND90,000 (USD3.9), excluding taxes and fees, to passengers who purchase tickets between March 25 and 28.

Vietnam Airlines is also offering “combos” of flight and hotel tickets to Vinpearl luxury resorts for three days and two nights at a cost of only VND2.44 million (USD106 USD) per person./.

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