Air passengers at record low in April hinh anh 1Passengers stand two metres apart in check-in area (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnamese airports served 188,000 passengers in April, a decline of a record 98 percent year-on-year, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has reported.

The figure includes 21,000 international and 167,000 domestic passengers, down 99.4 percent and 97.3 percent, respectively, year-on-year.

Vietnamese air carriers ferried 86,000 passengers in April, down 98.1 percent year-on-year. The figure includes 2,400 international visitors and 83,600 domestic travellers, down 99.8 percent and 97.3 percent, respectively.

The significant decline in passenger numbers in April was exclusively due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the social distancing order imposed in early April minimising flights.

The Ministry of Transport has recently ordered that more flights be opened. From April 29 through 30, the Hanoi - HCM City route will see 28 round trips a day.

Flights linking Hanoi and HCM City with Da Nang will total eight round trips each a day, while carriers will independently decide on flights between other localities.

From May 1 through 15, a total of 36 round trips a day will be operated on the Hanoi - HCM City route and 12 round trips on the Hanoi/HCM City - Da Nang routes. The figures will be 52 and 20 round trips, respectively, from May 16./.