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Nearly 1,000 domestic flights a day planned for Lunar New Year

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnamese air carriers expect to operate 950-990 domestic flights per day before and during the Lunar New Year holiday to meeting the strong spike in air travels, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).

The number of daily domestic flights will increase by 250-290, with some 50,000-60,000 additional seats each day, compared to the regular flight schedules for the winter of 2022-2023.

The local carriers will offer around 1.7 million more seats on domestic services during the Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, which starts on January 21. This represents an increase of 33% compared to the regular flight schedule during winter this year.

Before Tet, the country’s biggest and longest annual holiday, the aviation authority will conduct inspections of various airlines and airports in the country, especially the international airports of Noi Bai, Danang and Tan Son Nhat, to ensure service quality, aviation safety and security.

The CAAV has asked Vietnamese carriers to allocate more human resources and add night flights to ease congestion at airports during the day, especially at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Moreover, CAAV confirmed more airport slots from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day, allowing airlines to double their night flights to 204 on the routes from HCMC to Hanoi, Haiphong, Thanh Hoa, Vinh, Quang Binh, Hue, Danang, Dak Lak, Gia Lai, Quang Nam, Phu Yen and Lam Dong during this peak season.

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