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Nearly 500 flights delayed during Tết holidays

Update: February, 03/2017 - 14:57
Passengers receive their baggage at the Tân Sơn Nhất Airport on January 31. – Photo news.zing.vn
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HÀ NỘI — Nearly 500, or 10.1 per cent, of the over 4,780 flights operating during the six-day Tết (Lunar New Year) holidays were delayed, the Civil Aviation Authority of Việt Nam (CAAV) has said.

Another 18 flights were cancelled, it reported on Wednesday.

At least 77.5 per cent of the flights were delayed because of late arrivals, said Võ Huy Cường, deputy head of CAAV.

Some 22.2 per cent of the flights were delayed because of technical malfunctions, poor service at airports and flight management problems. Poor weather conditions also contributed to the problem, he added.

According to the CAAV report, from January 26 to 31, airlines across the country handled more than 1.47 million passengers, an increase of 20.3 per cent, and 9,400 tonnes of cargo, 28.2 per cent more when compared to the same period last year.

Airlines added 1,270 flights to meet the increasing demand in the country before and after the Tết holidays.

VietJet Air added more than 560 flights; Vietnam Airlines added 380 flights, while Jeststar Pacific added 330 flights to accommodate more passengers.

The railway sector catered to some 200,610 passengers during the six-day Lunar New Year festival, an increase of 69.44 per cent comparedto the same period last year, the Ministry of Transport reported.  – VNS

 

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