Aviation estimated to serve 10 million international passengers in 2022

By Hoang Phong   June 12, 2022 | 11:07 pm PT
Aviation estimated to serve 10 million international passengers in 2022
Passengers at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, April 29, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Dinh Quang
Aviation officials expect the number of international passengers going through Vietnamese airports this year to reach 10 million, or around 24 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said at an aviation forum held in Da Nang City late last week the aviation industry is en route to recovery after the government lifted all Covid restrictions on both domestic and international flights.

It estimated the number of air passengers would reach 70 percent of pre-pandemic numbers to 70-80 million this year, including 10 million foreign visitors.

Currently, Vietnam has resumed commercial flights to and from 20 international destinations, including its major tourism markets like Japan, South Korea, India, the U.S., and Southeast Asian countries.

Dinh Viet Son, deputy head of CAAV, said the aviation recovery is a crucial factor to boost tourism revival.

The government removed all restrictions on international flights on Feb. 15.

On March 15 the government allowed quarantine-free entry and resumed its visa waiver for citizens of 24 countries, including Japan, South Korea and some European ones.

It has also removed most other entry restrictions like medical declaration and Covid tests.

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