Airfares on routes to popular tourist destinations across Vietnam are skyrocketing for this year’s summer travel season.
According to a recent survey conducted by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, local air carriers plan to raise the prices of air tickets from mid-June to early August.
Airfares for the Hanoi – Da Nang route will average VND3.5 million (US$150) per round trip, up VND1 million ($42.8) from the non-summer average.
For the Ho Chi Minh City – Phu Quoc route, Vietjet will offer the lowest fare at VND2.5 million ($107) per round-trip ticket.
Comparatively, airfares on the same route set by Pacific Airlines and Bamboo Airways will range from VND2.8 million ($120) to VND3.2 million ($137) per round trip.
While these prices are high compared to non-summer airfares, many local flight ticket agents said they were lower than the same period last year.
Vietnam Airlines Group, which operates Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines, and Vasco, has announced that it will offer over 7.3 million seats on the domestic and international routes from June 1 to August 15 in order to meet demand during the busy summer travel season.
During peak periods, these airlines will operate a combined 500 flights each day, up 30 percent against their normal schedules.
Among the busiest domestic air routes are those linking Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with tourist hubs such as Da Nang, Con Dao off the coast of Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, Thua Thien Hue Province, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Da Lat, and Phu Quoc.
Local air carriers will also increase international flights from Vietnam to Japan, South Korea, and Thailand during the summer travel season.
A representative from Vietnam Airlines Group said that many of the flights on offer during the summer travel season are nearly full.
Although low-cost airline Vietjet has yet to announce the number of flights it will offer during the summer travel season, the air carrier has opened a series of international air routes such as Ho Chi Minh City – Kochi, India; Da Nang - Hong Kong; Phu Quoc - Hong Kong; Da Nang – Singapore; Da Nang – Daegu, South Korea; and Nha Trang – Seoul, South Korea.
In May, the airline added four aircraft to its operations, brining the size of its fleet to more than 80.