Domestic air transport sees strong rebound after pandemic

September, 01/2022 - 16:37
The report said over 66 million passengers used air service in the last eight months, including 61 million domestic ones, up 19.9 per cent from the 2019 figure.
Check-ins at Nội Bài Airport, Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Domestic air transport has recorded a spectacular recovery and breakthrough growth in the first eight months of 2022, according to a report issued by the Airports Corporation of Việt Nam (ACV) on August 31.

The report said over 66 million passengers used air service in the last eight months, including 61 million domestic passengers, up 19.9 per cent from the 2019 figure.

The number of passengers increased by 40 per cent in June, 42 per cent in July, 40 per cent in August this year, compared to the same period in 2019.

Meanwhile, the volume of goods going through airports in the first eight months of 2022 decreased by 8.7 per cent compared to the same period three years earlier, with the proportion of international cargo going up to 79 per cent from 66 per cent in 2019.

The overall rate of flight delays in the first seven months of this year was 22.41 per cent, the report said.

ACV demanded airports ensure flight safety and the quality of service in the context of increasing transport volume, and strengthen monitoring and control of takeoffs and landings in the coming time.

With an annual growth rate of over 15 per cent in the 2010-19 period, Việt Nam is the fifth fastest growing aviation market in the world, and the fastest in Southeast Asia.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed back the development of the aviation industry worldwide during the 2020-21 period, causing a negative impact on the air transport chain, especially Vietnamese airlines.

Due to the closure of the international market, domestic airlines almost completely stopped international operation, while domestic transport in the last two years saw respective declines of 42.1 per cent and 80 per cent compared to 2019. — VNS

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