National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines scored the lowest rate of on-time flights among local airlines in 2022, the country’s aviation watchdog said in a report released on Monday.
The annual report on flight cancelations and delays by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) covers the on-time statuses of six Vietnamese carriers, including Vietnam Airlines, budget carrier Pacific Airlines, no-frills airline Vietjet, hybrid carrier Bamboo Airways, Vietnam Air Services Co. (VASCO), and travel airline Vietravel Airlines.
The six carriers operated 312,841 flights last year, 32,260 -- or 10.3 percent -- of which were delayed, according to the report.
Vietnam Airlines operated 115,987 flights, 12.5 percent of which were delayed, which translated to the lowest on-time rate among the six airlines.
Vietjet delivered the second-worst on-time performance, with 13,310 out of 115,349 flights, or a 11.5-percent rate, departing behind schedule in the period.
Bamboo Airways continued to be the most punctual among the carriers for the fourth consecutive year, with only 4.9 percent of 51,959 flights delayed.
Pacific Airlines came second with a late rate of 6.1 percent, out of 16,567 flights operated.
Vietravel Airlines was slightly behind with 93 percent of 4,895 flights operated in the year arriving on time.
VASCO, a subsidiary of the national flag carrier, had 92.1 percent out of 8,084 services on time.
The carrier focuses on flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Con Dao off the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Phu Quoc Island off the southern province of Kien Giang, and the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.
According to the CAAV, most of the delayed flights were caused by 'late arrival of aircraft,' which means a late flight would affect the schedule of the next flight using the same aircraft.
In 2022, 1,155 flights were canceled. Vietnam Airlines called off 715 flights, Vietjet 266 flights, VASCO 92 flights, Bamboo Airways 64 flights, and Vietravel Airlines and Pacific Airlines nine flights each.
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