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Competition on Vietnam-India air routes fierce

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Not only Vietnamese air carriers but also Indian ones operate direct air routes between the two countries, making the competition among them fierce.

Besides direct air services, airlines offer flights connecting to third countries, thus attracting more customers.

Indian passengers on the rise

The number of Indians coming to Vietnam has increased sharply. As a result, many domestic and international air carriers are competing to attract customers.

Indian tourists coming to Vietnam through Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City are on the rise.

According to statistics from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, nearly 82,100 Indian travelers visited Vietnam in the January-October period of this year. The number of Indian visitors surged 51 percent per month on average.

Kieu My, a ground service worker at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, said the number of Indians is increasing as airlines raise the frequency of their flights and the occupancy rate of these flights reaches 75-90 percent.

On the other hand, tours for Vietnamese passengers flying to India are bustling.

There are even charter flights carrying hundreds of Vietnamese passengers to the South Asian country to make a pilgrimage.

Severe competition among airlines

In 2019, Vietnamese air carriers pioneered direct air routes to some tourist destinations in India with a frequency of two to four flights per week. Nowadays, Vietnamese flights have reached most tourist sites in India.

For instance, budget carrier Vietjet opened 14 new air routes to India, carrying tourists from Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, and Bangalore to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, and Phu Quoc.

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines also operates flights to India but with a lower frequency than Vietjet.

In addition, Indian airlines, such as Indigo and SpiceJet, have entered the race to carry passengers between the two countries.

Airlines also compete in airfares, which hover around VND5-7 million (US$201-281) per ticket.

The competition in airfares, flight frequency, and flying time on Vietnam-India air routes is fierce. Besides airfare cuts, airlines have launched other services to retain customers.

“When operating flights carrying Indian passengers to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, we find that the demand for connecting flights to other countries is high,” said an executive of an airline.

“If we can connect to air routes to third countries, we can meet passengers’ demand.”

Sharing the view, a Vietjet leader said in addition to existing air routes to India, connecting flights to third countries will help attract customers in the coming time.

The air carrier took a survey and found that Indian passengers are interested in visiting Bali in Indonesia, which is home to Hindu temples, and other destinations featuring Indian culture. 

“More than half of Indian passengers coming to Vietnam have a demand to fly to Bali and other destinations in Southeast Asia, Japan, and South Korea.”

Airport ground services need improving

Doan Thi Mai Huong, general director of Southern Airports Services JSC, said to attract Indian tourists, it is a must to meet their demand for catering, entertainment, and relaxation services.

In reality, many Indian restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City are thriving thanks to the high number of customers, only that Indian travelers are careful in spending on services. Therefore, offering products at reasonable prices is necessary.

Southern Airports Services JSC has lounges, restaurants, and retail outlets at airports.

It is preparing more Indian dishes to welcome more tourists from the South Asian country.

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Vietnam Real Estate Credit Soars to $109 Billion in 2022

Vietnam’s real estate sector saw a surge in credit in 2022, with outstanding loans reaching 2.58 million billion VND, equivalent to $109 billion, up 24.27% from the end of 2021.

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The State Bank of Vietnam hosted a Real Estate Credit Conference on February 8th, in Hanoi, where the news was announced.

This sector saw the fastest growth, accounting for 21.2% of total outstanding loans to the economy, the highest in the past five years.

Outstanding loans for real estate business increased by 11.5%, while consumer/self-use credit balance increased by 31.1%. Housing needs accounted for 62.19% of outstanding loans, while land use rights accounted for 20.66%.

The State Bank is committed to ensuring safe and effective growth in the real estate sector, controlling credit risk and promoting stability. 

It will continue to operate monetary policy firmly and flexibly, creating favorable conditions for the real estate sector to grow and develop. 

The legal framework on credit and banking activities will also be improved to increase access to credit for people and businesses, including the real estate sector.

Credit institutions will be directed to focus on feasible projects with good sales ability and to minimize operating costs and administrative procedures. 

The State Bank will control credit risk for the high-end real estate segment, which has excess supply, and control credit concentration to ensure operational safety of the bank.

Overall, the State Bank of Vietnam is dedicated to supporting the growth and stability of the real estate sector, contributing to macroeconomic stability and supporting economic growth.

Source: ZingNews

Source: https://e.nhipcaudautu.vn/real-estate/vietnam-real-estate-credit-soars-to-109-billion-in-2022-3350491/

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Vietnam Airlines to reopen more air routes to China

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Vietnam Airlines plans to resume five more routes connecting Vietnam and neighboring China in the next two months, taking the total number of its operating air routes between the two countries to nine out of the ten routes in the pre-pandemic period.

In particular, the national flag carrier will restore air services between Hanoi and Beijing in March with three flights per week.

It will also increase the frequency of flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Guangzhou and Shanghai to four from one or two flights per week.

In addition, four air routes between Da Nang and Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Chengdu, and between Hanoi and Chengdu are scheduled for resumption in April with two weekly flights on each route.

The airline plans to use wide-body A350 and B787 aircraft on some air routes to the northern neighbor starting in September this year.

Besides Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air is operating air services between Ho Chi Minh City and Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Sichuan, and Wuhan with six flights per week.

The budget air carrier reopened air services from Canh Ranh City under Khanh Hoa Province in south-central Vietnam to Changsha and Chengdu.

Vietjet will operate a total of 85 air routes this summer.

The reopening and increase of air routes to China are aimed at meeting travel and tourism demand between the two countries, which is forecast to recover.

A Vietnam Airlines representative said the number of passengers on air routes between Vietnam and China remains small but it is increasing.

In an optimistic scenario, China will continue easing procedures and the number of passengers on these air routes this year is expected to reach 80 percent of the figure in 2019.

After reopening its doors to international travelers in March last year, Vietnam’s domestic tourism has recovered strongly. However, its international tourism segment, which earlier accounted for 60 percent of the country’s tourism revenue, has yet to recover as expected.

Nevertheless, Vietnam has good reasons to hope for stronger recovery, especially after China reopened its doors on January 8.

Vietnam will see a recovery of the number of Chinese visitors by 50-80 percent in 2023 compared to the pre-pandemic volume, or three to 4.5 million Chinese tourists, HSBC experts forecast.

In 2019, Vietnam Airlines served 8.1 million passengers on Vietnam-China air routes, or 19 percent of the airline’s total passengers.

China was among the air carrier’s top three markets with the highest number of passengers.

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Vietnam Airlines plans to resume five more routes connecting Vietnam and neighboring China in the next two months, taking the total number of its operating air routes between the two countries to nine out of the ten routes in the pre-pandemic period.

In particular, the national flag carrier will restore air services between Hanoi and Beijing in March with three flights per week.

It will also increase the frequency of flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Guangzhou and Shanghai to four from one or two flights per week.

In addition, four air routes between Da Nang and Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Chengdu, and between Hanoi and Chengdu are scheduled for resumption in April with two weekly flights on each route.

The airline plans to use wide-body A350 and B787 aircraft on some air routes to the northern neighbor starting in September this year.

Besides Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air is operating air services between Ho Chi Minh City and Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Sichuan, and Wuhan with six flights per week.

The budget air carrier reopened air services from Canh Ranh City under Khanh Hoa Province in south-central Vietnam to Changsha and Chengdu.

Vietjet will operate a total of 85 air routes this summer.

The reopening and increase of air routes to China are aimed at meeting travel and tourism demand between the two countries, which is forecast to recover.

A Vietnam Airlines representative said the number of passengers on air routes between Vietnam and China remains small but it is increasing.

In an optimistic scenario, China will continue easing procedures and the number of passengers on these air routes this year is expected to reach 80 percent of the figure in 2019.

After reopening its doors to international travelers in March last year, Vietnam’s domestic tourism has recovered strongly. However, its international tourism segment, which earlier accounted for 60 percent of the country’s tourism revenue, has yet to recover as expected.

Nevertheless, Vietnam has good reasons to hope for stronger recovery, especially after China reopened its doors on January 8.

Vietnam will see a recovery of the number of Chinese visitors by 50-80 percent in 2023 compared to the pre-pandemic volume, or three to 4.5 million Chinese tourists, HSBC experts forecast.

In 2019, Vietnam Airlines served 8.1 million passengers on Vietnam-China air routes, or 19 percent of the airline’s total passengers.

China was among the air carrier’s top three markets with the highest number of passengers.

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Vietnam Airlines performs worst among local airlines in on-time ratings: report

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National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines scored the lowest rate of on-time flights among local airlines in 2022, the country’s aviation watchdog said in a report released on Monday.

The annual report on flight cancelations and delays by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) covers the on-time statuses of six Vietnamese carriers, including Vietnam Airlines, budget carrier Pacific Airlines, no-frills airline Vietjet, hybrid carrier Bamboo Airways, Vietnam Air Services Co. (VASCO), and travel airline Vietravel Airlines.

The six carriers operated 312,841 flights last year, 32,260 — or 10.3 percent — of which were delayed, according to the report.

Vietnam Airlines operated 115,987 flights, 12.5 percent of which were delayed, which translated to the lowest on-time rate among the six airlines.

Vietjet delivered the second-worst on-time performance, with 13,310 out of 115,349 flights, or a 11.5-percent rate, departing behind schedule in the period.

Bamboo Airways continued to be the most punctual among the carriers for the fourth consecutive year, with only 4.9 percent of 51,959 flights delayed.

Pacific Airlines came second with a late rate of 6.1 percent, out of 16,567 flights operated.

Vietravel Airlines was slightly behind with 93 percent of 4,895 flights operated in the year arriving on time.

VASCO, a subsidiary of the national flag carrier, had 92.1 percent out of 8,084 services on time.

The carrier focuses on flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Con Dao off the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Phu Quoc Island off the southern province of Kien Giang, and the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

According to the CAAV, most of the delayed flights were caused by ‘late arrival of aircraft,’ which means a late flight would affect the schedule of the next flight using the same aircraft.

In 2022, 1,155 flights were canceled. Vietnam Airlines called off 715 flights, Vietjet 266 flights, VASCO 92 flights, Bamboo Airways 64 flights, and Vietravel Airlines and Pacific Airlines nine flights each.

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National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines scored the lowest rate of on-time flights among local airlines in 2022, the country’s aviation watchdog said in a report released on Monday.

The annual report on flight cancelations and delays by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) covers the on-time statuses of six Vietnamese carriers, including Vietnam Airlines, budget carrier Pacific Airlines, no-frills airline Vietjet, hybrid carrier Bamboo Airways, Vietnam Air Services Co. (VASCO), and travel airline Vietravel Airlines.

The six carriers operated 312,841 flights last year, 32,260 — or 10.3 percent — of which were delayed, according to the report.

Vietnam Airlines operated 115,987 flights, 12.5 percent of which were delayed, which translated to the lowest on-time rate among the six airlines.

Vietjet delivered the second-worst on-time performance, with 13,310 out of 115,349 flights, or a 11.5-percent rate, departing behind schedule in the period.

Bamboo Airways continued to be the most punctual among the carriers for the fourth consecutive year, with only 4.9 percent of 51,959 flights delayed.

Pacific Airlines came second with a late rate of 6.1 percent, out of 16,567 flights operated.

Vietravel Airlines was slightly behind with 93 percent of 4,895 flights operated in the year arriving on time.

VASCO, a subsidiary of the national flag carrier, had 92.1 percent out of 8,084 services on time.

The carrier focuses on flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Con Dao off the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Phu Quoc Island off the southern province of Kien Giang, and the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

According to the CAAV, most of the delayed flights were caused by ‘late arrival of aircraft,’ which means a late flight would affect the schedule of the next flight using the same aircraft.

In 2022, 1,155 flights were canceled. Vietnam Airlines called off 715 flights, Vietjet 266 flights, VASCO 92 flights, Bamboo Airways 64 flights, and Vietravel Airlines and Pacific Airlines nine flights each.

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