State-owned carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) said that despite adding 850 more flights between the country’s major cities from February 1-28, 2010, it failed to meet demand.
According to ticket agent En Viet, one of the biggest agents in Vietnam, there were only business-class seats left for the HCMC-Hanoi route during the popular Tet (Lunar New Year) travel period in February.
Tickets for flights from HCMC to Danang, Hue, and Quy Nhon sold out 4-5 months ago.
Flight bookings for the Tet holiday season saw a sharp rise this year, up 20 percent year on year, VNA said.
With the 850 added flights, the carrier expects to increase its carrying capacity for the HCMC-Hanoi route by an additional 45 percent, and by 85 percent at peak times.
It will increase its carrying capacity for the HCMC-Danang route by as much as 65 percent, and by 120 percent at peak times.