The Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam (CAAV) has not permitted Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia to fly to Ho Chi Minh City, saying the city’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport is already overloaded.
The administration suggested AirAsia, which began flights in Viet Nam in October 2005 between Bangkok and Ha Noi, focus on Ha Noi and the central region.
The carrier wants to fly to the southern economic hub Ho Chi Minh City, where many Malaysian enterprises are based.
Tan Son Nhat Airport here is being upgraded and expanded to receive more planes.
In related news, Viva Airlines from Macau wants to get a license to fly to Viet Nam with three Boeing 767s and one 787, according to the Civil Aviation Administration.
More than 20 domestic and international airlines are operating in Viet Nam now. Two of them are budget carriers AirAsia and Singapore’s Tiger Airways. Viet Nam Airlines spokesman Nguyen Chan said the national carrier would not consider low-cost services until 2007.