Director of Aviation Dinh Viet Thang said that so far, the international airline market has only recovered by 50% compared to the time when there was no COVID-19 epidemic. It is still difficult to restore routes to some key markets. Currently, Vietnamese aviation authorities are negotiating to resume flights with China.
Director General Dinh Viet Thang said that in the first 10 months of this year, the volume of passengers passing through Vietnamese airports reached more than 81 million, of which Vietnamese airlines carried more than 40 million passengers.
It is expected that this year, the airline will serve about 100 million passengers, 20 million fewer than before the COVID-19 epidemic.
For the international tourist market, so far, it has only recovered about 50% compared to before the COVID-19 epidemic. According to Mr. Thang, the restoration of flight routes in some key markets, especially China, is still difficult, due to the COVID-19 epidemic prevention policy.
“Negotiations to reconnect flight routes with the Chinese market are actively underway,” Thang said.
Previously, when the COVID-19 epidemic broke out in early 2020, regular commercial flights between Vietnam and China were suspended to prevent the epidemic.
Currently, Vietnam Airlines is allocated to operate a number of flights with China each month, but not in the usual commercial form.
Some other international markets, such as Korea, Japan, and Taiwan (China) have opened, but travel demand is still low, recovery results have not been as expected. In addition, the Indian market has a relatively positive passenger volume with many new routes.
The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam forecasts that this year, the total number of passengers via air will reach about 100 million, about 20 million fewer than in 2019 (when there was no COVID-19 epidemic). In which, the volume of passengers transported by Vietnamese airlines is about 55 million.