Vietnam’s airports received over 24 million passengers in Q1

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Máy bay xếp hàng đợi lấy khách tại sân bay Tân Sơn Nhất Ảnh: T.T.D.
The number of passengers passing through Vietnam’s airports in the first quarter of 2018 rose by 8 percent year-on-year to 24.2 million, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).
During the period, cargo transported via the airports reached 338,000 tons, up 4.8 percent compared with the same period last year.
Among the total, Vietnam’s airlines transported 11.4 million passengers and 81,000 tons of cargo, rising 8.6 percent and 5.9 percent, respectively.
According to CAAV, it has adopted synchronous measures to improve the capacity of operating and upgrading airports using modern technology, ensure absolute safety for flights in any case. Further attention will also be paid to human resources training and services quality to contribute to the country’s socio-economic development.
To further develop the aviation industry as well as promoting investment, tourism and international integration, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc early this year approved a project to develop direct international flight routes.
The project is aimed at expanding the direct international flight route network connecting Vietnam and the country’s major markets. These include the United States, China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Russia and Germany, along with Australia, France, the United Kingdom and India, in addition to potential markets such as United Arab Emirates and South Africa.
The PM said the development of the aviation industry must be associated with the development of the tourism industry.
The expansion of direct routes is expected to enable the tourism industry to attract 17-20 million foreign arrivals in 2020. In 2017, Vietnam received 13 million foreign visitors.
The tourism industry is expected to contribute 10-20 per cent of gross domestic product and the export value through tourism is expected to reach US$20 billion in 2020, according to the report.
Still, the report added that the expansion must ensure sustainable development.
The project encourages the opening of new international flight routes by both domestic and foreign carriers.
Accordingly, favorable conditions regarding aviation service charges and landing/boarding times will be created for carriers when they launch new routes to and from Vietnam.
The Ministry of Transport has been asked to work with aviation authorities in major markets on removing difficulties for Vietnamese carriers when they launch new flight routes and on expanding agreements on aviation cooperation.
For the Chinese market, by 2020, Vietnam plans to open new flight routes from Danang, Hai Phong, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc, as well as Da Lat, Hue and Can Tho to Chongquing, Dalian, Haikou and Wuhan.
Other flights will go to Ningbo, Hainan, Xian and Changchun, along with Fuzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Harbin, Lanzhou, Shenyang, Xiamen, Sipsong Panna and Zhengzhou.
The new plan will also increase transport capacity on existing routes to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kunming and Chengdu.
Tourism promotion will also be enhanced to attract Chinese tourists. Statistics showed that 31 percent of the foreign investors to Vietnam in 2017 were from China.
For the US market, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will open new direct flight routes to this country. The first destinations could be San Francisco and Los Angeles in 2018.
New flight routes will also be opened by 2020 from Danang, Hue, Nha Trang and Da Lat, as well as Phu Quoc and Can Tho, to Tokyo, Osaka, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul.
Other new flight routes will include Hanoi-Melbourne, Ho Chi Minh City-Brisbane, Ho Chi Minh City-Perth and Danang-Russia, as well as Vietnam-Berlin and Ha Noi/ Ho Chi Minh City to Delhi and Mumbai.
The numbers of passengers passing through Vietnam’s aviation ports last year surged by 16 percent to 94 million.
                                                    Source The HanoiTimes