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Tân Sơn Nhất to increase night flights during Tết

Update: January, 16/2017 - 09:00
Passengers check in at Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport.
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — The Tân Sơn Nhất Airport Authority announced it will increase the number of night flights to meet high demand during Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday.

Đặng Tuấn Tú, director of the Tân Sơn Nhất Airport Authority, said the increase of night flights would ease the overload of jet parking space at night, because the airplanes would continuously depart and land so the number of airplanes in the parking area would not increase.

The airport and carriers will deploy more staff to serve passengers 24 hours a day during peak days before Tết, Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper quoted him as saying.

Nguyễn Quý Đôn, head of the HCM City long-range air traffic control centre of the Southern Airport Authority, said the centre also planned to increase its staff to be on duty at Tân Sơn Nhất airport during peak hours. 

According to the Tân Sơn Nhất authority, the number of passengers and flights before and after Tết 2017 will rise year-on-year 19.6 per cent.

In particular, on January 24 and 25, the Tân Sơn Nhất airport will handle 776 flights and 112,745 passengers, an increase of 141 flights and 14,500 passengers compared to the same period last year.

After Tết, the airport will serve 805 flights and 124,775 passengers per day.

The authority forecast that the number of passengers would rise consistently from today (January 16). 

Tết falls in late January, but HCM City residents often begin flying back to their hometowns weeks before the holiday. -- VNS



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