Vietnam Airline Group Rises to Huge Travel Demand

An Vietnam Airlines Airbus aircraft waits at Narita terminal as another one leaves.
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By Jack K Byrne 3 Min Read
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In recent reports, Vietnam Airlines Group has announced it will offer over 7.3 million seats for sale between June and August this year, rising to meet travel demand.

Summer Demand


The airline group, which includes Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines and Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO), is reported to have increased its seat capacity to over 7.3 million seats in a move to meet increased travel demand through the summer season.

The increase in seats is across both International and Domestic routes and will cover the peak period between June and August 2023.

The Group is reportedly operating around 500 flights per day in the summer months, which equates to an increase of 30%.

Flight increased focus on connections through the major Vietnamese hubs of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. With the popular destinations of Da Nang, Hue, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Da Lat and Phu Quoc being the focus.

The increases will also see re-establishing the links between Vietnam and its Asian neighbours. This will primarily cover Japan, the Republic of Korea and Thailand.

With restrictions removed, the Group is reported to be seeing an large increase and steady demand in bookings during the peak travel season.

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This is consistent with global demand but also with other carriers in the region since the removal of restrictions to key nations, such as Vietnam, China, Japan and Korea in the latter half of 2022.

Strong Performance


Already this year, Vietnam Airlines has announced increases on some of its key routes. In April, it unveiled plans to increase its London Heathrow operations to daily, starting later in October.

It also announced the creation of new route between the Vietnamese city of Hanoi and Melbourne, Australia. The route is due to commence on the 15 June on the airline’s Airbus A350 fleet with a twice weekly frequency.

The airline has also already entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with fellow East-Asian heavyweight carriers, Singapore Airlines, to strengthen their commercial collaboration, globally and in the region.

During the Lunar New Year period, the airline saw an outstanding result of carrying around 2.4 million passengers on 14,500 flights, exceeding pre-COVID levels.

As the COVID restrictions in Asia start to become a memory, Vietnam Airlines Group is starting to show results in key areas and flexing its wings to further expand outwards. Eyes will be on the Group to see if the strong performance in the Lunar New Year period can be replicated in the key summer months.

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