Bamboo Airways began commercial flights on January 16 this year and currently has 10 aircraft (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Transport agreed on the need for Bamboo Airways, a subsidiary of FLC Group, to increase its fleet to 30 aircraft by 2023 after considering opinions of relevant parties at a meeting on June 21.

At the working session, participants shared the view that an airline needs to have a fleet of at least 25 – 30 planes so as to operate stably and efficiently. Therefore, the ministry showed its support for the increase of Bamboo Airways fleet from 10 to 30 by 2023.

However, it requested that the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAA) work with relevant agencies to assess this budget carrier’s fleet expansion plan while taking into account the aviation market’s growth until 2030, the capacity of existing airports, and the availability of the CAA’s aviation safety monitoring personnel.

Meanwhile, Bamboo Airways was asked to clarify its aircraft operating personnel and ability to ensure security and safety.

The ministry added that basing on review outcomes, it will report the firm’s proposal to the Prime Minister.

Earlier, Bamboo Airways had asked the ministry for permission to operate both international and domestic flights with more than 30 planes. It is currently using 10 planes with an occupancy rate of 80 – 90 percent each flight.

This carrier reported that since its first flight took off on January 16 this year, it has operated more than 6,600 flights on 24 routes to 15 domestic airports, carrying 800,000 passengers.-VNA