VN airports receives over 55 million tourist arrivals during first seven months

(VNF) - A total of 9.11 million passengers arrived at Vietnamese airports in July, up 12.2% over the same period of 2016, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).

(VNF) - A total of 9.11 million passengers arrived at Vietnamese airports in July, up 12.2% over the same period of 2016, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).

Of the number, international arrivals accounted for 2.34 million, up 2.1% and domestic visitors at 6.77 million, up 16.2% over the same period last year.

According to a previous report by CAAV, during the first six months of the year, the aviation market continued to a show high growth rate, serving 30.3 million visitors, an increase of 19.5% over the same period in 2016.

Passengers travelling through airports in Vietnam reached 46.3 million, up 17.5% and the transportation volume of Vietnamese airlines reached 21.8 million passengers, up 15.1%.

In total, from the beginning of this year, the overall output of passengers through Vietnam's airports and airfields reached 55.41 million.

The Vietnamese aviation transport market has involved the participation of 63 foreign airlines, from 25 different countries and territories, operating regular international flights to Vietnam.

Foreign airlines and three Vietnamese airlines, including national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Jetstar Pacific Airlines, operate 105 international flight routes to and from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Hai Phong.

VN airports receives over 55 million tourist arrivals during first seven months

From the beginning of this year, the overall output of passengers through Vietnam's airports and airfields reached 55.41 million. (source: NDO)

In the domestic market, Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Jetstar Pacific Airlines and Vasco are currently operating 52 domestic routes connecting Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City with 18 local airports throughout the country.

In addition to routine operations, Vietnamese and foreign airlines will also be increasing their international charter flights from/to Can Tho, Da Lat and Vinh, as well as Dong Hoi and Thanh Hoa in the near future.

Recently, the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) has implemented a number of comprehensive solutions to improve the capacity of Vietnam’s airport infrastructure system, especially Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat and Da Nang International Airports.

ACV has invested heavily in upgrading and expanding airport infrastructure, such as airport parking and functional areas at international and domestic terminals at Tan Son International Airport, as well as passenger equipment, signs and information systems at Noi Bai, Da Nang, Phu Quoc and Con Dao airports.

In addition, ACV has also strengthened the inspection and supervision of service quality assurance, while increasing human resources and equipment, especially during the peak 2017 summer season.

To ensure their service quality, airlines have deployed numerous solutions to improve, maintain and increase the rate of flight punctuality, especially technical measures to ensure aircraft operations and limit flight delays and cancelations due to technical reasons.

By now, service quality assessment collected through surveys and opinion polls has improved positively compared to 2016.

VN airports receives over 55 million tourist arrivals during first seven months

A view of Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC. The government of HCMC on May 16 threw its weight behind a major plan to revise up the capacity of Tan Son Nhat International Airport to 45 million passengers a year (source: The Saigon Times)

However, the largely growing number of tourists arriving in Vietnam has posed challenges to the country's international airports.

For instance, Tan Son Nhat International Airport received 32.5 million passengers passing through in 2016 only, far beyond its designed capacity of 28 million air travellers per year.

Rapid growth in air travel as well as the number of airlines in recent years has strained the country’s aviation infrastructure. Tan Son Nhat serves 40 per cent of all fliers in Vietnam and is particularly vulnerable to flooding and congested approach roads. The overloaded facility handled 32 million passengers in 2016, a 28 per cent increase year-on-year and surpassing its designed capacity of 20 million.

In the upcoming years, the passenger volume at Tan Son Nhat International Airport is expected to grow at an average of 15 per cent a year.

The city therefore has approved of construction of more taxiways,terminal T4 with an annual capacity of 15 million passengers, more aircraft parking slots and a technical area north of the airport.

At the same time, the city of Hanoi is seeking approval to add two terminals at Noi Bai International Airport, anticipating possible overloads in the next few years.

According to Hanoi's Party chief Hoang Trung Hai, Noi Bai cannot risk becoming a another Tan Son Nhat, the country’s largest airport in Ho Chi Minh City which is constantly strained.

He said the city has applied for permits to build two extra terminals to ease the pressure on the current two, and upgrade infrastructure to serve 50-75 million passengers a year. The city plans to seek private investment for the expansion.

“Noi Bai currently does not look as packed as Tan Son Nhat. But if we don’t expand it now, it will become Tan Son Nhat,” Hai said.

He said the passengers are growing “very fast.”

Noi Bai, designed for 25 million passengers a year, received 20 million in 2016. That was up 20.5 percent from the previous year. Passengers in 2015 also grew 21 percent, according to figures from the airport.

Arrivals are expected to reach its designed capacity within the next three years and then double in less than 20 years, officials said./.

( VNF )

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