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Investors eye aviation market as it continues to expand

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Ninety-four million passengers went through airports in 2017 in Vietnam. The number of air passengers is expected to reach 142 million by 2020.

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94 million passengers went through airports in 2017


That is why more investors want to join the fastest-growing market in Southeast Asia.

Bamboo Airways, a private airline, plans to join the aviation market in late 2018.

Trinh Van Quyet, chair of FLC, the owner of Bamboo Airways, on June 12 said it would take off with 20 chartered aircraft, because the Airbuses the carrier ordered will be delivered in 2019.

It is expected that in 2019-2023, Bamboo Airways will put 24 Airbuses and 20 Boeings into operation. By 2023, Bamboo Airways will develop 24 domestic routes and 16 international routes.

According to IATA, in 2013-2017, Vietnam ranked seventh among the fastest growing markets in the world and is expected to be among top 5 markets with the sharpest increase in number of passengers. 

The strong development of the aviation market has improved the development of tourism, trade and investment.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), the number of air passengers may reach 142 million by 2020, which means average growth rate of 14 percent in 2017-2020. 

Vietnam now has 80 international air routes, while 50 foreign airlines provide flights to Vietnam.

Analysts noted that the air transportation exploitation capacity in Vietnam remains modest if compared with its population. 

The total capacity of 21 airports in Vietnam is 71.5 million passengers a year, lower than the capacity of one major airport in Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur (100 million passengers)

Under the development plan, Vietnam would have 23 airports by 2020, including 10 international and 13 domestic ones. Noi Bai, Da Nang, Cam Ranh and Tan Son Nhat Airports are the main gateways. 

Vietnam has population of 93 million, but it has only three airlines. Meanwhile, Thailand has 70 million people but has 10 airlines and 38 airports. 

That is why Dang Tat Thang, deputy CEO of FLC, believes the business opportunities in the aviation industry are great.

The appearance of newcomers will make the market more competitive and prompt airlines to take grab every opportunity to expand their services.

Vietnam Airlines has cooperated with Jetstar Pacific to improve competitiveness in the low-cost market segment. 

Vietnam Airlines targets high income earners, while Jetstar directly competes with low-cost carriers.

Vietjet Air has signed a contract on buying 100 B737 MAX 200s worth $11.3 billion. The aircraft, to be delivered in 2019-2023, will serve Vietjet’s plan to expand its operation.



Source: VietNamNet

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