All five carriers have begun accepting bookings for Tet 2021, the country’s largest annual holiday, which falls in the second and third week of next February. On offer are a total of five million tickets, up 10 percent year-on-year.Vietnam Airlines and its subsidiaries Pacific Airlines and Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO) are offering two million tickets, while Vietjet and Bamboo Airways each have 1.5 million.Ticketing agencies have already begun recording bookings for the holiday, even though it is still five months away. Salespeople say the most popular routes are between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and between Ho Chi Minh City and the northern Hai Phong City and the central Nghe An Province. Vietnamese people in big cities typically travel back to their hometowns during Tet.Airfares for a return ticket between Hanoi and HCMC during the first two weekends of February cost VND6-7 million ($260-302).Airlines are also offering promotions from several hundred thousand dong (VND100,000 = $4.31) for a return ticket in mid-January. They will offer refunds if flights are canceled by authorities over Covid-19 situations.Industry insiders express confidence that the next holiday will boost revenues of the aviation industry, which has been crippled this year by travel restrictions.Bui… Read full this story
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