Airplane, train tickets almost sold out as Tet nears

By VNA   January 28, 2024 | 11:54 pm PT
Airplane, train tickets almost sold out as Tet nears
People line up to perform procedures at HCMC's Tan Son Nhat Airport. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Minh
Almost all airplane and train tickets on key routes for Tet travel have been sold out 10 days before Vietnam's biggest holiday, while there is not a lack of means of road transport.

This year, the Tet holiday lasts seven days from Feb. 8-14 (from the penultimate day of the Year of the Cat to the fifth day of the Year of the Dragon).

To meet increasing travel demand, airlines have added aircraft, increased transport capacity on many routes, and organized more flights in the early morning and at night.

Vietnam Airlines Group, including Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines and VASCO, provides a total of 2.64 million seats during the Tet peak on both domestic and international flights.

Vietravel Airlines has planned to supply more than 100,000 seats on its domestic and international flight networks, while Vietjet Air has just brought four new aircraft to serve passengers, and Bamboo Airways added two aircraft.

Tickets of high-demand routes have been almost fully booked or sold out. For example, the Ho Chi Minh City - Thanh Hoa/Vinh/Hai Phong/ Hue/Quy Nhon routes have booking rates of 98-100%.

The railway sector initially planned to provide more than 200,000 seats, with 390 trains. However, in response to rising demand, it has continuously added plans to increase trains. Most recently, the Hanoi Railway Transport Joint Stock Company opened ticket sales for 14 additional trains on routes to northern localities, while the Saigon Railway Transport Joint Stock Company has also organized six more trains from HCMC to Hanoi, Vinh and Phan Thiet, and more carriages, with more than 7,000 seats.

Director of the Hanoi Bus Station Joint Stock Company Pham Manh Hung said that the number of passengers passing through the stations during the peak period will increase by about 300-350% compared to normal days. With the current situation, the number of vehicles at the stations still basically meets the travel needs.

Some bus companies have announced ticket price increases of at least 17%, depending on the routes, during the Tet holiday.

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