Vietnam increases international flight frequency across Asia

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has increased frequency of regular international passenger flights connecting Vietnam and four destinations in Asia.

Following the CAAV announcement dated January 16, 2022, carriers will be allowed to boost their schedules with additional international flights. Four airlines, including Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways, and Pacific Airlines, are cleared to increase the flight frequency to 14 services per week on routes to Japan, Korea, Taipei in Taiwan, and Singapore.

Meanwhile, the carriers will be also allowed to operate 10 flights per week on routes to Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos as well as four flights per week on routes to China and the United States.

The CAAV also outlined that Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways, and Pacific Airlines are required to plan the flight routes and report to the authority until January 20, 2022. Otherwise, granted flight slots will be withdrawn and transferred to other carriers.

The decision to increase the flight frequency across Asian countries comes as a part of the gradual international flight resumption plan, which was approved by the government of Vietnam on January 1, 2022. The CAAV anticipates a high demand for international passenger services during the Lunar New Year, thus the authority also negotiates with aviation bodies of other countries over a potential flight resumption and increase in frequency.

“It can be seen that people’s travel demand from HCM City to localities throughout the country during the Lunar New Year has increased again and needs to be met," the director of the CAAV Dinh Viet Thang told media.

Currently, Vietnamese authority is focused on air connectivity resumption between Vietnam and France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Russia. However, this step should obtain approval from Vietnam‘s Ministry of Transport.

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