High fares scare away domestic fliers

By Anh Tu   June 17, 2024 | 08:37 pm PT
High fares scare away domestic fliers
Dien Bien Phu Airport in Dien Bien Province, northern Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh
Flights from Hanoi and HCMC to a number of domestic destinations are virtually empty due to high airfares despite this being the high season.

Between mid-June and mid-July flights from the country’s two biggest cities are seeing 60-80% of seats empty, data from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam shows.

Last weekend, for instance, over 50% of seats on flights leaving the two cities were empty.

Airfares have been high and are likely to remain so through this summer due to a shortage of aircraft, analysts have said.

A Hanoi–Phu Quoc ticket on Vietjet now costs VND3.4 million, almost double the average rate in the first four months of this year.

The same flight costs VND2.7 million ($106) at Vietnam Airlines, same as the four-month average.

Airlines have been increasing night flights but they are not popular because of the inconvenience.

Vietnam Airlines canceled 10% of its night flights in May due to lack of demand.

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