Public transport, flights unlikely to meet peak holiday demand

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Despite plans to put on more trains during the national holiday from April 30 to May 3, it now seems unlikely they will be able to meet demand.

HA NOI —

Similar problems exist with airlines and, to a lesser extent, with coach lines.

According to the deputy general director of Ha Noi Railway, Nguyen Van Binh, the demand for train tickets has risen by 50 per cent, but availability has only increased by 30 per cent. And all tickets for carriages with air conditioning and beds are full.

Binh suggested passengers depart one or two days earlier – or later – to avoid the crush.

All tickets from HCM City to Nha Trang beach resort in central Khanh Hoa Province have been sold, despite the addition of extra carriages providing more than 9,000 seats, said the deputy head of Sai Gon Station, Nguyen Van Thanh.

To deal with a 30 per cent hike in demand for plane tickets, 48 extra domestic flights and some international flights have been added, according to Vietnam Airlines.

Domestic departure tickets from today until April 30 and return tickets from May 2 to May 6 have been completely sold out, according to agents.

Le Tung Lam from Ha Noi's Dong Da District, said his family would like to go to the central city of Da Nang for holidays, but could not buy tickets at any price.

Meanwhile, the director of Ha Noi Bus Station Management Company, Nguyen Hoang Trung, said demand for coaches could be met even on the peak days of April 29 and 30.

He said the number of coaches would be increased by 20 per cent.

However, a student from Ha Noi National Economics University, Le Thi Luong, said she wanted to return to her hometown in Nam Dinh Province during the holidays, but the coaches would be too crowded.

To help transport passengers, the number of buses on 17 routes in HCM City will be increased by 15 per cent per day from April 30 to May 3.

The number of buses in Ha Noi will also be increased. — VNS

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