Nearly 40,000 flights delayed in 2018 hinh anh 1In 2018, there were 790 cancelled flights, accounting for 0.3 percent of total flights. (Source:

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Four domestic carriers namely Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet, Jetstar Pacific and the Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO), reported a total of 39,632 delayed flights in 2018, representing 13.4 percent of their flights – a year-on-year increase of one percentage point.

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV), the four airlines operated a total of 296,516 flights during the year, up 9 percent compared to 2017.

Low-cost airline Vietjet had the highest number of delayed flights in 2018 with 18,746 out of 118,923 flights missing their schedule departure times, equivalent to 15.8 percent. This was an increase of 1.3 percent against the previous year.

The rate for national carrier Vietnam Airlines was 10.8 percent with 13,790 delayed flights out of the total 128,236 flights it operated.

Jetstar Pacfic reported 6,636 delayed flights, accounting for 18.5 percent.

Meanwhile, VASCO’s delay rate was only 3.4 percent, or 460 out of its 13,524 flights in the period.

In 2018, there were 790 cancelled flights, accounting for 0.3 percent of all flights.

According to CAAV, the late return of planes was the main cause of delays and cancellations. Other reasons included airports’ limited infrastructure and services, flight management and operation and weather and technical issues, the agency said.-VNS/VNA