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Airlines asked to adjust flight time to ease overcrowding around Tet Holiday
  • |, Vietnamnet | January 25, 2022 04:48 PM
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has asked local airlines to adjust flight times to ease the current overcrowding at the Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat airports as travel demand has increased as Tet nears.

Passengers wait at Tan Son Nhat Airport on January 23

In a report sent to the Ministry of Transport, CAAV said that overcrowding has occurred at the two airports in recent days and many flights have been delayed.

"On January 23, as many as 25 flights were delayed at Tan Son Nhat Airport airport," CAAV said. "We’ve asked local airlines to adjust flight times on some routes to ease overcrowding at some peak hours. Airlines are also encouraged to arrange more night flights."

According to CAAV, Tan Son Nhat Airport has been allowed to operate a maximum of 24 domestic flights per hour during the Lunar New Year Holiday. Meanwhile, the number of flights operated per hour allowed in Noi Bai Airport during this time is 17.

"Tan Son Nhat Airport operated 19 flights during the peak hour (between 11am-11.59am) on January 23, and 22 flights during the peak hour of January 24," CAAV said.

The country's two biggest airports have become more crowded in recent days due to increasing amounts of travel around the Lunar New Year Holiday.

Vietnam Airlines Group, which operate Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines and VASCO, said on January 17 that flights on many air routes have seen their occupancy rates ranging from 70 to 90 percent in recent days as many people began to make the journey home for the Lunar New Year.

The group observed that this year, passengers have chosen to depart sooner instead of waiting until a few days before Tet like in previous years. A large number of flights with schedules falling between January 17 and 23 now have most of their seats booked.

The 2022 Lunar New Year holiday, the longest and most important holiday in Vietnam, lasts from January 31 through February 4.

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