Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — HCM City’s Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport is expected to handle more than four million passengers in the month during Tết, the Lunar New Year, which falls on February 5 this year.
The Tân Sơn Nhất Customs Bureau has launched a programme to welcome passengers, especially overseas Vietnamese coming home at the start of the Year of the Pig.
It has introduced an app which can help passengers find information about customs procedures for their luggage and the estimated duty on goods they bring in.
According to the Customs Bureau, Tân Sơn Nhất Airport will serve an average of 134,200 passengers a day during the month.
Nguyễn Nam Tiến, Deputy Chief of the Tân Sơn Nhất Airport Authority, said the airport would provide services to passengers on 890 flights on the 28th of the last lunar month (February 2) and 900 flights on the 6th of the first lunar month (February 10).
The number of flights to and from Tân Sơn Nhất Airport is expected to increase by around 10 per cent from last year to 806-820.
Vietnam Airlines will fly an additional 1,956 flights and carry around 650,000 domestic passengers, up 40 per cent from normal days.
Vietjet will add more than 1,000 flights, up 20 per cent, while Jetstar Pacific will add 1,014 flights, up 15 per cent.
The busiest routes will be to Hà Nội, Hải Phòng, Vinh, Huế, Đà Nẵng, and Phú Quốc.
The Airports Corporation of Việt Nam has called on airport authorities across the country to step up efforts to ensure security, safety and service quality during the month.
Tiến said his agency has taken measures such as increasing staff for ground services to ensure quality and aviation security and safety.
An interdisciplinary operation and management board including the Tân Sơn Nhất Airport Authority, the Southern Airports Authority, Tân Sơn Nhất police station, and the border patrol police force will be formed to take care of security and safety. — VNS.