More Flights, More Delays
June marks the start of summer travel and frequent flyers will probably remember the familiar never-ending queues at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. This year will be no different, according to Vietnam’s aviation authority – the number of domestic flights delayed or cancelled in the first week of June has hit a three-month high.
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Higher Percentage of Delays
Out of 5,700 flights operated by Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, Jetstar Pacific and Vasco between May 31 and June 6, 810 flights were delayed or cancelled. Nearly 14 percent of the total flights were delayed and 0.3 percent were cancelled.
Jetstar Pacific has the highest percentage of delayed flights with about 15 percent of its 568 flights affected, followed closely by Vietnam Airlines at 14.6 percent and VietJet Air at 14.2 percent.
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With 200-300 more flights added per week across Vietnam compared to previous months, along with technical issues and inclement weather hitting the country during this period, the aviation authority believes delays could hit 19 percent of all flights this month, based on data from previous years.
Dealing With Passenger Capacity
Part of the blame is the overburdened Tan Son Nhat International Airport which is struggling to deal with the airline market’s strong growth in Vietnam – the third-fastest pace in Asia-Pacific.
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The country is working on a design for a massive new airport in Dong Nai Province to lighten the load from Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Construction, however, is expected to take years.
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