Transport Minister Dinh La Thang has demanded a stop to flight cancellations and delays which were on the rise in the first five months of this year.

“It is unacceptable that flight delays occur frequently as it does now,” the Minister said.

At a meeting in Hanoi on July 7, he requested the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) publish a full list of cancelled and delayed flights no later than July 11.

At the same time, the authority must work with carriers to point out the causes behind and who are to blame, he said.

According to CAAV, low-cost carrier VietJetAir encountered the highest cancelled and delayed flight rate, 51 percent, during the period. It was followed by Jetstar Pacific Airlines, 50 percent and Vietnam Airlines, 14 percent.

CAAV Director Lai Xuan Thanh acknowledged that the five-month rate of failed services is fairly high, standing at 25 percent versus 16 percent from last year’s corresponding period.

Thang asked CAAV to craft its restructuring plan and consider all necessary changes to the Aviation Law.
The reshuffling process must focus on service quality, security and safety, he noted.

He suggested opening flights to more international airports via investment promotion workshops.

Vietnamese carriers have handled 16.3 million passengers since early 2014, up 13 percent year on year, and 372,000 tonnes of cargoes, an yearly rise of 24 percent.-VNA