Single-day visitors to Hanoi airport highest in two years

By Doan Loan   February 6, 2022 | 11:47 pm PT
Single-day visitors to Hanoi airport highest in two years
Passengers gather at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport before the Lunar New Year holiday. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Chieu
Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport received its highest single-day number of visitors in the last two years at around 63,000 on 400 flights this Lunar New Year holiday (Tet).

On Monday, the airport expected to receive 52,000 visitors, with peak hours from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. The peak travel demand period at the airport post-Tet is expected to last until Feb. 14.

The number of passengers coming to the airport on peak days has significantly increased this Tet compared to the same period last year, according to a Noi Bai representative. Factors for the increase include the lifting of several medical restrictions and the fact local authorities provided more opportunities for people to return home during the holiday.

Last year, even during peak days at Noi Bai, there were only around 383 flights with 29,000 passengers. In the pre-Covid era, during Tet 2020, Noi Bai received 620 flights a day, amounting for 91,000 passengers.

Despite the increase in the number of visitors this Tet, Noi Bai is still well-equipped to handle them all. There has been no congestion when passengers gathered to perform necessary procedures for flying. The 102 check-in booths and 22 security clearance checks in T1 terminal could handle around 4,000 passengers in an hour.

Airports throughout Vietnam have all seen an increase of 20 percent in the number of flights, 73 percent in the number of passengers and 4 percent in the amount of goods this Tet compared to last year, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam.

Airlines planned to increase their numbers of flights by over 100 from Feb. 6 to 12, mainly on the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route. Authorities have requested airlines to increase the number of flights at night as daytime slots grow crowded.

This year's Tet, Vietnam's most important holiday, lasted from Jan. 29 to Feb. 6.

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