Vietnam Air increases night flights for Tet holiday
Air Mekong discounts Tet fares for group bookings
By Binh Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC - Vietnam Airlines will operate more night flights during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, better known as Tet in Vietnam, to quench the usually billowing demand for air travel and to avoid overloading at departure airports.
The national flagship carrier said it planned to service the HCMC-Hanoi and HCMC-Danang routes around the clock from January 14 to 22 and from January 24 to February 6. January 23 is the start of the biggest and longest holiday in Vietnam, and the beginning of Year of the Dragon in the lunar calendar, when Vietnamese people reunite after working far away from home.
As scheduled, Vietnam Airlines will conduct 111 flights on January 21 - the busiest day ahead of Tet. The flights include 44 for the HCMC-Hanoi route, up 24 flights compared to normal days and 22 between HCMC and Danang, or nearly double the number on normal days.
On January 28 - the busiest day after Tet, Vietnam Airlines will have 112 flights, including 39 for the Hanoi-HCMC run or 21 flights more than normal days and 26 for the Danang-HCMC route, or 14 more flights compared to the normal schedule.
Vietnam Airlines said it offered an additional 846 flights or 155,600 more seats compared to normal days from January 7 till February 12 on the routes with surging demand for air travel during Tet.
Air Mekong is increasing its number of flights by 25% over normal days and VietJet Air has added one flight to its daily HCMC-Hanoi service, bringing the total number on this route to three per day.
Vietnam Airlines said it had deals with operators of taxis and buses to arrange trips for passengers to travel more than 30 kilometers between Noi Bai Airport and the heart of Hanoi. Other local airlines, Jetstar Pacific and Air Mekong said they also assist passengers with their transport on the road.
Air Mekong is offering a fare discount of 50% to bookings for groups of at least two people on the same flight from January 13 to 23 and passengers can book these tickets hours before boarding.
Air Mekong has launched its frequent passengers program called Mekong Club for passengers to accumulate points for every time they fly with the private airline. The club’s members will be able to redeem the points for seat class upgrade, vouchers for free transport of checked luggage and the carrier’s other services as well as products and services of other member companies of BIM Group.