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Foreign airlines offer cheaper Vietnam-Germany tickets than airfares for domestic flights by Vietnamese carriers

Foreign airlines offer cheaper Vietnam-Germany tickets than airfares for domestic flights by Vietnamese carriers

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11:52 GMT+7
Foreign airlines offer cheaper Vietnam-Germany tickets than airfares for domestic flights by Vietnamese carriers
Passengers disembark a Vietravel Airlines flight in Vietnam. Photo: Cong Trung / Tuoi Tre

While Vietnamese airlines are increasing ticket prices, certain international carriers are reducing prices and offering numerous incentives to entice local customers to purchase tickets for summer travel abroad.

The price discounts have garnered attention from eager Vietnamese travelers.

“Unbelievably cheap! Purchasing a ticket for the Ho Chi Minh City-Frankfurt route, including taxes and fees, costs only US$249, even cheaper than the Ho Chi Minh City-Hanoi service,” exclaimed My Phuong, sharing her excitement about the remarkably affordable tickets from Turkmenistan Airlines for overseas travel this summer.

The airline has recently launched operations in Vietnam, offering flights from Ho Chi Minh City to various European destinations such as Germany, Italy, England, Turkey, and Russia. 

Notably, the airline provides Vietnamese customers with reasonable ticket prices, such as round-trip fares from Ho Chi Minh City to London priced at $500-600, inclusive of taxes and fees. 

It also offers round-trip tickets from Ho Chi Minh City to Germany in May for around $630, significantly lower than Vietnam Airlines’ price of over $1,180 for the same economy-class ticket.

Flights from Vietnam to Thailand are also cheaper than domestic flights with the same distance.

Airlines like AirAsia, Vietjet, Vietravel Airlines, and NokAir offering round-trip tickets priced at VND3.1-4.7 million ($122-185) for this route from the end of this month to mid-June.

Meanwhile, round-trip airfares for traveling between Hanoi and Phu Quoc Island in southern Kien Giang Province from April 27 to May 3 cost VND9-10 million ($354-393), up VND1.5-2 million ($59-78) from the previous week. 

Round-trip ticket prices between Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang City in south-central Khanh Hoa Province range from VND2.6 million ($102) to VND5 million ($196).

The exorbitant airfare prices are presenting obstacles for domestic tourism destinations, deterring vacationers from planning air travel for the approaching holidays even as many flights have considerable numbers of vacant seats.

To mitigate this, airlines are adding more summer flights with late-night departures priced between VND1.7 million ($67) and VND2 million apiece, while daytime flights range from VND2.3 million ($90) to VND4 million ($157) per leg.

According to airlines, several factors contribute to this year’s expensive domestic flight tickets, including over 40 aircraft requiring engine repair and maintenance, airline suspensions, business contractions, and over 20 types of direct and indirect fees.

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Bao Anh - Cong Trung / Tuoi Tre News


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