HCMC – The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has approved an additional 28 flights each day, equivalent to 5,600 seats per day, to meet the huge air travel demand in the run up to the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday which starts on January 22.
There will be two flights per hour from 7 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. and four flights per hour from 0 a.m. to 5:55 a.m. from January 17 to 21 (or from the 26th to the 28th of the final lunar month) and from January 25 to 29 (or from the 4th to the 8th of the first lunar month).
The total number of additional flights is 280, with 56,000 seats during that period.
Passengers should come to the airport two hours before departure for domestic flights and three hours prior to departure for international flights. They should also use online check-in service to save time and avoid long queues and mass gatherings at airport check-in counters.
Previously, CAAV increased the number of flights at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport from 42 flights per hour to 44 flights per hour from 9 a.m. to 4:55 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the January 6-December 5 period (or from the 15th of the final lunar month to the 15th of the first lunar month).
Tan Son Nhat expects to handle around 130,000 passengers per day before and during Tet, with the number of domestic passengers amounting to 90,000 people.
The airport is forecast to receive over 3.8 million passengers with 27,000 flights during that period, up nearly 10% over the figure in 2019.