Vietnam Airlines has begun to sell tickets for flights before and after the Tet holiday (the Lunar New Year), which falls on February 10 next year.
Expecting that passenger demand over Tet will increase by 11% on the Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi route and by 13% on the HCM - Da Nang route compared to the same period last year, the carrier will sell tickets during two periods starting from today, November 1, with 75% of its available seats. The second period, planned to be held in the middle of December, will sell the remaining seats.
Vietnam Airlines has also announced that it will operate additional flights for the peak period from January 25 to March 2 next year (December 14 to February 21 in the Lunar Calendar).
Under the plan, it will add 1,000 extra flights with around 174,500 seats to its 10 major domestic routes within the holiday. Specifically, the Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City route will have more 82,600 seats, a 27% increase compared with the ordinary schedule, while the Da Nang – HCMC – Da Nang route will offer 46,250 seats, a 34% increase.
Eight other routes from HCMC to other localities including Phu Quoc, Vinh, Dong Hoi, Hue, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Buon Ma Thuot and Pleiku will provide nearly 45,650 seats in total, a 20% rise.
Earlier, other carriers also launched their Tet ticket selling programs. AirMekong started its first selling period in September while low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific Airlines launched it program in October with 110,000 tickets available.