HCMC – The passenger load of Vietnamese airlines reached 4.2 million in September, dropping 14% over the previous month, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam.
Of the figure, international passengers accounted for 712,000, an 8.7% increase over August, while there were 3.7 million domestic passengers, down 13%.
However, passenger transport in September rose 19.6% and 3% in comparison to the same month in 2021 and 2019, respectively.
According to the administration, the decline in passenger load in September this year was due to the market entering an off-peak season.
The sluggish air transport usually lasts until the end of December. Passenger numbers often climb during the Lunar New Year holiday or Tet.
Vietnam’s air carriers transported over 37 million passengers in the January-September period, a 157% year-on-year rise. There were 34 million domestic and 2.9 million international passengers.
Roughly 180,920 of the 208,240 flights operated by local airlines between January and August departed on time, or a punctuality rate of 86.9%. There were 27,318 flights delayed and 896 canceled.
The country’s air carriers had 248 aircraft in service by September 15. Vietnam Airlines topped the list with 102, followed by Vietjet with 77.