Vietnam welcomed 232,000 international passengers in the first quarter of the year, up 502% from the same period last year, the Civil Aviation Authority reported.
The data showed that the airlines operated about 30,000 flights in April alone, a decrease of 2.4% from the same period last year.
In addition, airports across the country welcomed 6.6 million passengers, including 232,000 international passengers, a decline of 14.3% annually, the VOV quoted the Civil Aviation Authority report as saying.
Compared to the same period last year, the number of international passengers using domestic airlines also increased by 214.7%, while domestic passengers decreased slightly by 18.2%.
In terms of freight traffic, the freight volume through Vietnam’s airports increased by 18.4% in April to 140,700 tons. Of which, the international freight volume increased by 45.3% to 117,700 tons, while the domestic freight volume reached 23,000 tons, down 39.1%.
As the number of international passengers increases, Vietnamese airlines have recently increased the number of flights and reestablished international air routes.
Recently, the flag carrier Vietnam Airlines announced it will try to increase the frequency of flights on eight routes to Japan and South Korea from May 15 and restore three routes to South Korea from June 1, the Civil Aviation Authority said.