VIETNAM Airlines recently announced it would boost domestic services during the Vietnamese New Year (Tet) holidays next year to meet increased demand.
Between January 19 and February 16, the carrier is offering a total of 835 flights on its nine busiest routes. This includes a 23 per cent increase in flights on the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City-Hanoi route for 385 services in total.
The airline is also raising frequencies on the Danang-Ho Chi Minh City-Danang route by 26 per cent for 218 services, and by eight per cent for seven other routes out of Ho Chi Minh City: to Thanh Hoa, Hai Phong, Vinh, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Quy Nhon and Buon Ma Thuot.
Vietnam Airlines will also schedule a number of night flights just before Tet, January 25 to 29, and after, from February 2 to 9.
Tung Dao, director of sales and marketing of Silk Path Hotel in Hanoi, welcomed news of additional flights but said many of the extra passengers would be inbound foreign visitors rather than Vietnamese people. “Tet is not our busiest period of the year. The high season from November to March is when we see the most business, but it is welcome news to hear travel will be made easier during the Tet holiday.
“I expect these extra flights will be accommodating inbound visitors.”