By VNA   October 24, 2023 | 09:15 am GMT+7

Vietnamese airlines' on-time performance rate reaches 85%

Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC is overloaded with passengers in January 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

Vietnamese airlines reached an OTP rate of 85% in the first nine months of 2018, down from 87.8% in the same period in 2017.

The best OTP was 92.4%, achieved by Bamboo Airways, which boasted 30,068 on-time departures. According to the Vietnam Civil Aviation Authority, delays affected approximately 2,470 flights operated by Bamboo Airways.

Vietravel Airlines had a rate of 87.1%, Vietnam Airlines was at 86.6%, Pacific Airlines had a rate of 14.2%, and VietJet had a rate of 81.0%.

There were nearly 221,200 flights between January and September, with VietJet accounting for 83,933, Vietnam Airlines for 79,234, and Bamboo Airways for 32,538.

There were 16,245 flights operated by Pacific Airlines, 4,734 by VASCO, and 4,513 by Vietravel.

The late return of aircraft was cited by the Vietnam Aviation Administration as a contributing factor to the delays that caused 5,622 flights to be delayed.

Carrier operations issues also contributed to the delay of 2,240 flights.

715 flights, or 0.3% of the total, were cancelled during the time frame.

As the Lunar New Year approaches, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has requested updates from domestic airlines on their preparations for the expected influx of passengers.

Increasing OTP requires airlines to create a practical operation plan based on the actual utilization of slot records, according to a professional in the aviation industry.

He claimed that one reason for flight delays and cancellations was that airlines were selling tickets and consolidating passengers for flights even though they weren’t using all of their available slots.

Important investments were also made to improve infrastructure at major airports like Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat.

The number of passengers carried by Vietnamese airlines in the first nine months of 2018 was 44,1 million, up 20.3% from the same period in 2017. There was a 300.2% increase in international travelers, to 11.5 million, while there was a 3.6% decrease in domestic travelers, to 32.6 million.

In 2022, the aviation sector in Vietnam achieved an OTP of nearly 90%. Passenger numbers in the domestic market surged after the Covid pandemic, reaching 101.3 million—68.3 percent above projections.

Source: vnExpress