Anticipating enormous demand for the upcoming Vietnam National Day on September 2nd, Vietnam Airlines is offering hundreds of thousands of seats. The airline is doubling down on busy routes connecting major cities, with passengers expecting to criss-cross the Vietnamese skies in huge numbers during the busy holiday period.
Thousands of seats on offer
Vietnam Airlines has offered more than 400,000 seats between September 1st and 4th as demand is expected to shoot up for the four-day holiday around the National Day on September 2nd.
The Vietnamnet Global reports that the figure represents an increase of more than 50% compared to the same period in the pre-COVID year of 2019.
The airline is offering over 400,000 seats between September 1st and 4th. Photo: Getty Images
The airline will focus more on popular routes from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang to destinations such as Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, and Da Lat.
Travel Radar reports that the airline group (consisting of Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines, and VASCO) also started selling tickets early for the Lunar New Year holiday from January 6th to February 5th, 2023. These tickets went on sale on August 15th and cover the carrier’s entire domestic and international flight network.
The airline has been increasing its offerings gradually as it attempts to emerge out of the shadows of the pandemic. The Vietnam Airlines Group together offered more than 7.1 million seats on around 36,000 flights on both domestic and international routes during the peak summer travel season between June 1st to August 15th.
The airline is also looking to buy new jets to replace its ATR fleet. Photo: Getty Images
At the Routes Asia 2022 event in Da Nang held earlier this year, the airline announced its plans to buy new planes for its regional routes as it plans to retire its fleet of ATR-72 aircraft. While it has not decided on the type of aircraft to replace the turboprops with, Vietnam Airlines hopes to introduce the new jets by 2023.
It is being said that the Airbus A220 and Embraer E190 / 195 jets are being considered to replace the turboprops.
Plenty to do
Vietnam Airlines’ seat offerings and network & fleet expansion plans come even as the carrier struggles to recover properly from the pandemic. Before COVID, it was one of Asia’s fastest-growing airlines, operating 61 routes to 33 destinations in 18 countries. Its international network spread throughout Asia, Europe, and Australia, with codeshare agreements to 20 ports in North America.
The carrier continues to post losses despite a bounce back in revenues. Photo: Getty Images
But it has also had ten consecutive quarters of losses, and while revenues are bouncing back, the high operating costs have kept the airline in the red. Hopefully, the busy travel periods will give Vietnam Airlines the much-needed push to improve its numbers in the coming months.
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Sources: Vietnamnet Global, Travel Radar