The number of passengers and cargo volume for domestic airlines continues to fall, according to news reports.

In the last four months, total passenger numbers fell by 2.3 percent to 3.81 million compared with the same period last year, according to Dau Tu (Investment) newspaper.

In April, passenger volume dropped by 2.5 percent compared with March to 924,840. The figure was 6 percent lower than April of last year.

Vietnam Airlines, which accounts for the largest share of the market (76 percent), reveals that several important targets have not been achieved.

Its general director Pham Ngoc Minh said that the number of passengers on domestic routes in April totalled more than 687,000, or 88 percent of the set target.

The figure was down by 2.6 percent compared with the March figure, and by 4.9 percent against the same period last year.

In the last four months, the number of passengers reached 90 percent of the target, Minh said.

The percentage of seats occupied on domestic flights also reached 79.1 percent, a year-on-year decrease of 2.3 points and 2.1 points lower than the set target.

To cope with the continuing fall in number of passengers, especially during the low season, Vietnam Airlines is preparing to cut the number of flights to reduce costs.

The three remaining airlines, Mekong Air, VietJet and Jetstar Pacific, have not released any business results, but figures show that they also saw drops in passengers and cargo, according to a representative from Vietnam Airlines.-VNA