VN plans aviation expansion

14:30 | 26/03/2015

VGP – Viet Nam’s civil aviation sector is planning a number of large scale projects over the next five years to being ranked fifth in East Asia by market share.

This has been envisioned in a draft project for air transport, submitted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam (CAAV).

Under the proposed project, Viet Nam’s aviation market would rank fifth in the ASEAN region and its market shares for freight and international passengers would increase 45.9% by 2020.

The service quality of traditional airlines would be enhanced to be ranked four-star or five-star by Skytrax, while budget airlines would ramp up quality to reach the regional level, with delay and cancellation rates maintained at about 12 to 15%.

Regarding the opening of new air routes in the 2015-2020 period, Viet Nam Airlines will open new routes to the US (San Francisco, Los Angeles), India (New Delhi, Mumbai) and New Zealand (Wellington), UAE (Dubai), Dubai), Qatar (Doha), Australia (Brisbane, Perth).

During the period, VietJet would also start operating international routes to Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia and Europe.

The airliner received an A321 plane it purchased from Airbus as part of the efforts.The new arrival will increase VietJet’s fleet to a total of 23 planes, helping with the airline’s expansion plan.

Now, four domestic airlines operate in Viet Nam, including Viet Nam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific Airlines, VietJet and Vasco, in which Jetstar and VietJet are low-cost carriers.

Data of the CAAV showed that as of 2014, 45 international carriers from 25 countries and territories were operated flights to and from Viet Nam on 83 routes to Da Nang, Ho Chi MinhCity, and Ha Noi.

                                                                                                                        By Vien Nhu