Flight tickets to Phu Quoc are ridiculously expensive

December 25, 2023 | 04:00 pm PT
Flight tickets to Phu Quoc are ridiculously expensive
Passengers leave Phu Quoc airport of the southern island. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Tai
While Phu Quoc is trying to revive its tourism industry, readers pointed to a vexing problem: flying to the island costs much more than to other countries in Southeast Asia.

"A cheapest Hanoi – Phu Quoc return ticket for the New Year holidays costs VND6.8 million and for very inconvenient hours. A Hanoi – Bangkok return ticket costs less than VND4.9 million. It is hard to understand that flying domestically costs more than for flying overseas. Why?"

"A return ticket from Hanoi to Bali costs less than VND5 million, much more than to Phu Quoc, while the distance is twice as long. Even a ticket from Hanoi to several Philippine islands that includes two halts costs less than for a direct flight to Phu Quoc. I expect an explanation from people in the Vietnamese aviation industry and tourism businesses in Phu Quoc."

"Higher airfares only bring more difficulties for Phu Quoc tourism. A visit to Phu Quoc will simply become unaffordable for many people. It costs nearly VND7 million just to fly to Phu Quoc while a whole package tour to Thailand costs only VND8 million. When Phu Quoc tourism is struggling, airfares should have been reduced to boost demand."

"Many countries make travel price cuts during holidays to stimulate consumption. But in Vietnam, travel prices go through the ceiling every holiday. It’s very odd."

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