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Vietnam Air sees fall in passengers

24-May-2012 Intellasia | VIR | 7:01 AM

The number of passengers and cargo volume for domestic airlines continues to fall, according to news reports.

In the last four months, total passenger numbers fell by 2.3 per cent to 3.81 million compared with the same period last year, according to Dau Tu (Investment) newspaper.

In April, passenger volume dropped by 2.5 per cent compared with March to 924,840. The figure was 6 per cent lower than April of last year.

Vietnam Airlines, which accounts for the largest share of the market (76 per cent), reveals that several important targets have not been achieved.

Its general director Pham Ngoc Minh said that the number of passengers on domestic routes in April totalled more than 687,000, or 88 per cent of the set target.

The figure was down by 2.6 per cent compared with the March figure, and by 4.9 per cent against the same period last year.

In the last four months, the number of passengers reached 90 per cent of the target, Minh said.

The percentage of seats occupied on domestic flights also reached 79.1 per cent, a year-on-year decrease of 2.3 points and 2.1 points lower than the set target.

To cope with the continuing fall in number of passengers, especially during the low season, Vietnam Airlines is preparing to cut the number of flights to reduce costs.

The three remaining airlines, Mekong Air, VietJet and Jetstar Pacific, have not released any business results, but figures show that they also saw drops in passengers and cargo, according to a representative from Vietnam Airlines.


Category: Business

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