Vietnam Airlines offers 400,000 seats for 4-day holiday period in September


Anticipating huge demand for the upcoming Vietnam National Day on September 2, Vietnam Airlines is offering hundreds of thousands of seats. The airline is doubling down on its busy routes connecting major cities, with passengers expecting to criss-cross the Vietnamese skies in large numbers during the busy holiday period.

Thousands of places available

Vietnam Airlines offered more than 400,000 seats between Sept. 1 and Sept. 4, as demand is expected to increase for the four-day vacation around the Sept. 2 National Day.

Vietnamnet Global reports that the figure represents an increase of more than 50% compared to the same period of the pre-COVID year of 2019.


The airline offers more than 400,000 seats between September 1 and September 4. Photo: Getty Images

The airline will focus more on popular routes from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang to destinations such as Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Da Lat.

Travel Radar reports that the airline group (composed of Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines and VASCO) has also started selling early tickets for the Lunar New Year holiday from January 6 to February 5, 2023. These tickets went on sale on 15 August and cover the carrier’s entire domestic and international flight network.

Green signals

The airline has gradually increased its offerings as it tries to emerge from the shadow of the pandemic. Vietnam Airlines Group together offered more than 7.1 million seats on about 36,000 flights on domestic and international routes during the peak summer travel season between June 1 and August 15.

The airline is also looking to buy new jets to replace its ATR fleet. Photo: Getty Images

At the Routes Asia 2022 event in Da Nang held earlier this year, the airline announced plans to purchase new planes for its regional routes as it plans to retire its aircraft fleet ATR-72. Although it has not decided what type of plane to replace the turboprops with, Vietnam Airlines hopes to introduce the new jets by 2023.

It is said that Airbus A220 and Embraer E190/195 jets are being considered to replace turboprops.

A lot to do

Vietnam Airlines’ seat offerings and network and fleet expansion plans come even as the carrier struggles to recover properly from the pandemic. Before COVID, it was one of Asia’s fastest growing airlines, operating 61 routes to 33 destinations in 18 countries. Its international network has expanded across Asia, Europe and Australia, with codeshare agreements in 20 North American ports.

The carrier continues to post losses despite a rebound in revenue. Photo: Getty Images

But it has also had ten consecutive quarters of losses, and while revenues are rebounding, high operating costs have kept the airline in the red. Hopefully the busy travel seasons will give Vietnam Airlines the much-needed boost to improve its numbers in the coming months.

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Sources: Global Vietnamnet, Travel speed cameras


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