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Proposal to increase foreign ownership limits in airlines in Vietnam rejected

The Vietnam airline industry has been struggling broadly as a result of government regulated ticket prices, increasing fuel costs, and a debt hangover from the COVID-19 pandemic when the industry more-or-less ground to a halt. Bamboo Airways, in particular, only took to the skies in 2019 the year before the pandemic broke out. It also started life as a subsidiary of FLC Group which has been heavily mired in controversy after its leader was arrested back in 2022. This saw the airline spun off but the new independent entity has never had much success and has repeatedly downsized its fleet and the number of routes it offers…

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Vietnam Airlines to lease planes to unprofitable budget airline subsidiary

For some context, Pacific Airlines has no planes because it gave them back to its lessor in exchange for having VND 3 trillion or US$118 million worth of debt cancelled. This was months ago and the airline hasn’t run a passenger flight since. With this in mind, it’s difficult to see any organisation other than Vietnam Airlines leasing aircraft to Pacific Airlines moving forward which could limit the airlines growth. 

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Ground broken on second terminal at airport in Vietnam capital

For context, at the end of last year, the President of Vietnam Airlines noted that overcrowding at Vietnam’s airports was costing the national carrier US$20 million a year. Indeed, overcrowding has become a huge problem–Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City was built for 28 million visitors a year but welcomed 34 million arrivals in 2022. Similarly, Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport was built for 25 million visitors a year but was expected to finish 2023 with 30 million arrivals.

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Airlines are making just US$1 per passenger: Vietnam Airlines exec.

The rising price of airfares in Vietnam has been in the news a lot lately. A review of airline ticket prices by the Vietnam Aviation Administration, however, after conducting a brief investigation, earlier this year, found that airfares prices have been within the current guidelines–in Vietnam airfares are regulated by the government.

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Vietnam Airlines doesn’t want to use HCMC’s new airport

Vietnam’s national carrier, Vietnam Airlines, has said that it would prefer to stay at what is currently Ho Chi Minh City’s only international airport, Tan Son Nhat, when a second airport at Long Thanh is completed. It is essentially arguing that airport transfers will be more challenging–currently, it’s possible to

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Vietnam airfares investigation finds no price gouging

A review of airline ticket prices by the Vietnam Aviation Administration has found that domestic airlines have not breached pricing regulations. The airfare regulator put out the call last week for consumers who felt they had overpaid for airfares. After a brief investigation, however, they have found that airfares prices

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Vietnam’s Airline Industry Turbulence: Unpacked

When Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways first took to the skies in January of 2019, everything was looking up for Vietnam’s airline industry–not only was international tourism flourishing but rising incomes among middle-class Vietnamese were fueling a boom in domestic tourism as well. In fact, the route between Hanoi and Ho Chi

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Vietnam aviators to be short up to 26 jets over summer: CAAV

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam–the CAAV–is forecasting that Vietnamese airlines could be short up to 26 jets over the summer, VN Express is reporting. This is on the back of maintenance issues with some jet engines. This is impacting airlines all around the world which are scrambling to secure

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Vietnam’s legal argument for not returning four ex-Vietjet planes

This analysis of a dispute between foreign aircraft lessor, Fitzwalter Capital Partners, and Vietnam’s Vietjet, in which Vietjet failed to return four planes after a lease agreement was terminated, goes into the legal argument for keeping the aircraft in Vietnam. Specifically, the article states that when the ownership of the

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Vietnam’s Pacific Airlines has no aircraft left in its fleet

The airline, owned by Vietnam’s national carrier Vietnam Airlines, looks to have returned all of its aircraft though this may have been a repossession. This article in Tuoi Tre is not exactly clear but it does make specific mention of the struggles of Pacific Airlines to pay its debts.  “The

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Hanoi airport reaches 38,000 arrivals a day, exceeds capacity

In the week following the Lunar New Year, Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport, was welcoming up to 38,000 international arrivals a day, VN Express is reporting. This puts the airport well over its capacity of 10 million arrivals a year or around 27,000 passengers a day.  Ho Chi Minh City’s

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Local media spin attempts to hide Vietnam Airlines ongoing losses

Vietnam’s domestic media is reporting that Vietnam Airlines recorded a profit from ‘transportation activities’ in the fourth quarter of 2023, neglecting to mention that on the whole the airline recorded a loss in Q4 of VND 2,065 or US$84.6 million. This angle on these latest figures has been expressed by

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How Vietnam Airlines might be able to remain listed on the HoSE

Despite being negative equity alongside three years of losses, Vietnam Airlines may be able to remain listed on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange if amendments to Decree 155/2020/ND-CP are approved, according to Vietnam Stock Economic Magazine. The changes on the table include an additional clause to Article 120

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Government support on the cards for embattled Bamboo Airways

Several government ministries and private enterprises have been called on to help ‘Bamboo Airways resolve its difficulties by year-end’ by the Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai, VN Express is reporting. Key takeaways Petrolimex, the Airports Corporation of Vietnam, and several local banks have been asked to provide assistance; But

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