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No new licencing until 2015
Jetstar Pacific Airlines (JPA) is maintaining its growth with the number of its passengers increasing significantly by 28.7 percent in Q1. However, the figure is still much lower than the increase of 54.6 percent in 2008.
Indochina Airlines, a private air carrier, which has been operating for the last six months, has had to halve the frequency of its
Vietjet Air, the first private airline, which was licenced two years ago, has not been brave enough to offer flights yet. The airline’s flight schedule may be delayed until October after two previous delays.
Its operation licence will become invalid if it does not provide flights prior to December 2009.
The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) has revealed that it may not licence new airlines until 2015.
No domestic airline, from Vietnam Airlines, VASCO, JPA to Indochina Airlines, has been making profit on domestic routes.
There were only three flights a week on the Hanoi-Kuala Lumpur route when Vietnam Airlines was the sole air carrier with the route. The number of flights increased to seven when another airline jumped in, and then doubled to 14 flights a short time later. The same situation has been occurring with flights to
While foreign airlines have raised the number of flights by many times, Vietnamese airlines have just been maintaining one or two flights a day. The losses from domestic routes have made Vietnamese air carriers hesitant to compete with foreign air carriers for domestic routes, thus they have step by step yielded the way.
A tightened mechanism
Meanwhile, no concrete solutions have been suggested to help airlines escape from crisis. At a workshop to discuss ways to rescue air carriers held in Hanoi yesterday, solutions mentioned there were vague, and aimed principally at helping develop the aviation industry in the long run rather than help it out of its current difficulties.
The workshop was scheduled to take place earlier this year, but it was not organised until yesterday, when the airlines are already in the grip of a crisis.