Vietnam’s airports welcome 43.3 million passengers hinh anh 1Terminal T2 of Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– Vietnam’s airports served a total of 43.3 million passengers and handled over 603,000 tonnes of goods in the first five months of this year, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV).

The figures represented year-on-year rises of 15.4 percent and 8.4 percent respectively.

CAAV also announced that of the total, domestic carriers transported 20.4 million passengers and 487,000 tonnes of goods.

As of May 15, the number of planes registered for Vietnamese nationality were 174, up five planes compared with figure at the end of 2017 and 18 planes in comparison with the same period last year.

Of the total, the flag carrier Vietnam Airlines owns the highest fleet, with 91 planes, followed by Vietjet Air with 54 planes and Jetstar Pacific 17 planes.

This year, Vietnam Airlines aims to serve more than 24.3 million passengers. In 2017, it conducted 140,000 flights carrying 22 million passengers.

Meanwhile, low-cost carrier Vietjet Air plans to operate more than 120,000 flights and serve over 24.1 million passengers by the end of 2018. Last year, it carried over 17.11 million passengers on over 98,800 flights.-VNA