Vietnam boasts world's fastest aviation recovery

By Hoang Phong   June 15, 2022 | 10:48 pm PT
Vietnam boasts world's fastest aviation recovery
Passengers flood the domestic terminal at Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC, January 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
Vietnam's domestic aviation market is recovering at the fastest rate in the world with growth of 123 percent against pre-pandemic times, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said.

Among 25 analyzed markets, it was followed by Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Spain, Turkey and Australia, CAAV said on its website citing an analysis by Airbus and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) based on statistics about flight numbers from Flightdatar24 and Airbus.

Dinh Viet Thang, head of CAAV, said Vietnam's domestic aviation market has witnessed a boom in terms of both passenger and cargo traffic in the first half of 2022 after the government lifted all Covid restrictions on domestic flights.

Airports across Vietnam have served 40.7 million passengers, up 56.8 percent year-on-year.

The CAAV forecast airports nationwide would serve about 87.8 million passengers this year, jumping 190 percent from last year.

The figure includes five million foreign passengers, up 844 percent.

Vietnam 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 economies.

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

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