Chinese authorities have agreed to add more flights to the Vietnam-China air route to meet the increasing traveling demand of passengers, as the two nations have succeeded in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) confirmed on Thursday that the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) had consented to allow local airlines to increase the flight frequency between the two countries to two flights per week from the previous one per week.
The CAAC explained that China is gradually restoring international flights thanks to positive results in COVID-19 prevention and control.
The increase in flight frequency is a positive sign of the recovery of the Chinese aviation market, an important market of Vietnamese airlines, the CAAV assessed.
This will also meet the rising demand for travel, exchange, and tourism of the two peoples.
Vietnam's domestic aviation staged a breakthrough recovery in the first six months of 2022, CAAV director Dinh Viet Thang said, adding that the number of passengers and volume of cargo rose sharply compared to the same period of 2021.
Local airports recorded 40.7 million passengers in this year’s first half, up 56.8 percent year on year, Thang elaborated.
Among them were 1.8 million international passengers, a 904.6 percent surge compared to the same period last year.
Vietnamese airdromes are expected to welcome a total of 82.8 million domestic passengers and five million international passengers in 2022, up 178.4 percent and 844 percent, respectively, compared to 2021.
The amount of cargo reached 765,000 metric tons in the first six months of 2022 and is anticipated to top 1.5 million metric tons by the end of the year, a five-percent annual climb.