The Ministry of Transport has announced new domestic airfares, effective from July 1, with economy class tickets priced from VND1.6 million to VND3.75 million per trip.
|Air passengers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport|
Domestic airfares for economy class will be based on travel distance. As such, for a distance of less than 500 km, air tickets for destinations that require socioeconomic development will be priced at VND1.6 million per leg, while those for other routes will amount to VND1.7 million.
Air passengers traveling more than 500 km to less than 850 km will be charged VND2.2 million per leg. Meanwhile, for distances from 850 km to less than 1,000 km, the price will be VND2.79 million per leg.
Regarding flights covering 1,000 km to less than 1,280 km, each air ticket will be offered at VND3.2 million per leg. For flights of over 1,280 km, passengers will be charged VND3.75 million per trip.
The airfare will exclude value-added tax and other service fees, including passenger security and luggage safety. Fees for other additional services will be regulated, based on each carrier’s capacity to offer services and the market demand.
In addition, the ministry has asked local carriers to specify the airfare for each route group and offer regular fare reductions to residents; soldiers residing in remote, border areas; and on islands.
The carriers are required to report their specific prices to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) as well as publish these fares in line with prevailing regulations.
For new air routes whose distances have yet to be included in the new fare range, the carrier has to propose the fare to CAAV and wait for it to be added to the fare range before submitting the report on its overall airfare.
Commenting on the new airfare, one local carrier’s representative said that the new fares are still lower than aviation ceiling prices. In addition, local airlines regularly launch special offers and promotions to attract passengers. Accordingly, the introduction of new prices will not affect passengers, said the representative. SGT