In the first quarter of this year, international passenger traffic reached 141.6 thousand passengers, an increase of 441% compared to the same period in 2021; international freight traffic reached 38,000 tons, an increase of 113.9% over the same period in 2021.
Domestic Air Transport
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has just sent a report to the Ministry of Transport (Ministry of Transport) on the situation of domestic and international air transport operations.
Accordingly, with regard to the situation of domestic air transport, the CAAV has reviewed, evaluated and summarized the implementation of the Interim Guidelines for the Organization of Regular Domestic Passenger Flights to ensure passenger safety, flexible adaptation and effective control of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Accordingly, Vietnamese airlines are allowed to operate flights at a frequency according to market demand, the airline’s capacity and in accordance with the airport infrastructure to ensure safe flight operations, while ensuring epidemic prevention and control measures in accordance with regulations of the Ministry of Health.
As of March 2022, the domestic market has 06 airlines in Vietnam currently operating an average of 55-60 domestic routes connecting Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City with 19 local airports according to the nationwide network of main, inter-regional and intra-regional routes.
In the first quarter, throughput via airports is expected to reach 13 million passengers, a decrease of 13.3% compared to the same period in 2021. Domestic freight will reach 98 thousand tons, a decrease of 5% compared to the same period. period last year.
In terms of passenger traffic by Vietnamese airlines in the first quarter, domestic passenger traffic is expected to reach 6.5 million passengers, down 12.5% from the same period in 2021; Domestic freight transport reached 48.4 thousand tons, a decrease of 8.8% compared to the same period in 2021.
International Air Transport
Based on the situation of international air transport operations, following the example of the government, the National Steering Committee for Prevention and Control of Covid-19, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Transport, the CAAV actively evaluates and organizes consultations with partners’ aviation authorities to reconnect regular international passenger flights with markets that had direct flights to Vietnam before the Covid-19 epidemic.
In addition to markets that were regularly deployed and operated in January 2022, such as Japan, Korea, China, Taipei (China), flights to Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, United States, France, Germany, UK and Russia are operated with increasing frequency on schedule right in February 2022.
Airlines will fully reopen after March 15, 2022. As for the route to Russia, the CAAV has informed the Ministry of Transport that Vietnam Airlines is suspending the operation of the route to Russia as a force majeure reason to avoid possible unfortunate risks.
The Ministry of Transport proposes to the Ministry of Transport to send a document to the Ministry of Transport of Russia and request the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inform relevant Russian authorities of the reason why Vietnam Airlines is suspending the flight activities suspends. At the same time, the CAAV has sent a document to the Russian Aviation Authority to specifically inform about this content and is ready to grant operating licenses to Russian airlines to fly to Vietnam upon request.
As of March 2022, the international aviation market will have 23 foreign and Vietnamese airlines (Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Bamboo Airaways) operating to/from 20 countries and territories.
Compared to the period of 2019 (before the Covid-19 epidemic), there are still 8 countries that have not reopened regular flights to and from Vietnam, including Brunei, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Macao, Finland, Italy and Switzerland . Airlines operate 67 routes to/from Vietnam, mainly to/from Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat International Airports.
In the next period, open from 15-21 March 2022, Singapore will be the airline with the highest frequency of 45 return flights/week, an increase of 2 flights compared to the week before the tourism opening and 36% compared to the same period in 2019.
The number of passengers carried between Vietnam and Japan is the highest with 10.3 thousand passengers from the countries currently operating (up to 18.1%/total passengers). More routes from Singapore, Taiwan and Korea to Da Nang are expected from April 2022.
Projected airport throughput in Q1: International passengers will reach 321,000, up 176.2% from the same period in 2021; International freight throughput reached 292 thousand tons, an increase of 21.1% compared to the same period in 2021.
Vietnamese airlines’ expected traffic in the first quarter: international passenger traffic will reach 141.6 thousand passengers, an increase of 441% over the same period in 2021; international freight traffic reached 38,000 tons, an increase of 113.9% over the same period in 2021.
As for the market share of Vietnamese airlines in international transport in the first quarter, passenger traffic is expected to reach 44%; freight reached 13%.
The Government’s promulgation of Resolution No. 32/NQ-CP on March 15, 2022 has created favorable conditions for smooth international passenger traffic and re-establishment of domestic passenger traffic, which has contributed to an increase in the volume of international passengers – and freight transport in the first quarter of 2022. However, the aviation industry is currently struggling due to high petrol prices. This also puts pressure on rising costs for airlines operating air transport.