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Inbound air passengers surge 176% in Q1

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Over 320,000 international passengers flew to Vietnam in the first quarter of the year, soaring 176% year-on-year, according to a recent report sent by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam to the Ministry of Transport.

Air passengers arriving in Vietnam from Japan reported the highest number at 10,300, accounting for 18% of the all inbound air passengers between January and March.

Since Vietnam fully reopened its doors to the world on March 15, Singapore Airlines posted the highest frequency among others at 45 round-trip flights per week.

In April, several air services will be launched to connect Danang City with Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea.

As of March 25, as many as 23 airlines were operating 67 air routes between Vietnam and 20 countries and territories, according to the aviation authority.

Eight others—Brunei, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Macao, Finland, Italy and Switzerland—-are yet to reopen their doors to Vietnam, the local media reported.

In the first quarter of the year, Vietnam’s inbound air cargo throughput amounted to 292,000 tons, up 21.1% year-on-year.

In addition, the outbound air passenger number during the three-month period reached 141,600, up 441% year-on-year, while 38,000 tons of goods were transported overseas by air, soaring by 113.9% year-on-year.

Meanwhile, the country saw a year-on-year drop of 13% in the domestic air passenger number at 13 million in the first three months of the year. Local airlines are offering 60 domestic air services linking Hanoi, Danang and HCMC to other provinces and cities.

In line with the Health Ministry’s regulations, international air passengers, except for children under two, must show proof of either a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken 72 hours prior to departure or a rapid antigen test taken 24 hours before departure.

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