Vietnam's carriers required to quote full airfares
The Ministry of Finance has announced a requirement for local carriers to quote fares that include all taxes and fees. The move is expected to end disputes among local airlines over ways of quoting airfares.
|A Vietnam Airlines aircraft is seen at Hanoi-based Noi Bai International Airport. Local carriers are required to quote fares that include all taxes and fees|
According to the order, signed on October 3 by Nguyen Anh Tuan, head of the ministry’s Price Management Department, airfares published on official websites or through other channels of domestic airlines must be fully listed to avoid misunderstandings among customers.
The order also quoted a decree guiding the adoption of the Pricing Law, noting that the listed prices of products and services must include all taxes and fees.
Besides this, Circular No.12 of the Ministry of Transport stipulates that service providers must publish their service fees for transporting passengers on domestic routes before offering the services.
Further, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) will amend a circular on service fees for transporting passengers on domestic routes, with more specific details on the listings.
One month earlier, Vietnam Airlines sent a dispatch to the finance ministry and CAAV, proposing the agencies request local airlines to strictly comply with prevailing regulations on airfare listing.
The national flag carrier said that the listed airfare must include all taxes and fees. The absence of any component in the listed airfare may cause misunderstandings among customers, thus affecting the competitiveness of airlines in the market.
In response to Vietnam Airlines’ petition, local low-cost carrier Vietjet said in its latest report to the agencies that its listing method under the form of net fares is still lawfull, compared with the current method applied by the national carrier. SGT
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has advised local airlines to refrain from adding significant numbers of new aircraft, noting that their fleets could far exceed passenger and cargo transportation needs.
Vietnam Airlines said that it is fully complying with current regulations on listing airfares which include information about air ticket prices, taxes, fees and charges.