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April 30th ceremony: Many bus routes are full, airfares are higher than Tet

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 09:34 AM (GMT+7)

The number of tourists returning home and traveling on the occasion of April 30 and May 1 is increasing, many bus routes and flight routes to attractive tourist destinations have gradually run out of tickets.

During the holidays of April 30 and May 1, people will have five consecutive days off. Accordingly, the demand for people to return to their hometown and travel during this holiday is very large. On social networks, there has been a lot of information spreading about passengers not being able to buy train, car and plane tickets to return to their hometown during this holiday.

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Although fares for the holidays of April 30, May 4 are at a very high level, some routes are already sold out. Photo: Phong FINISHING

Busy ticket offices at the bus station

As noted by PV at Mien Dong Bus Station and Mien Tay Bus Station in Ho Chi Minh City, on this holiday, people mainly want to go to the Western region, the Central Highlands and the South Central region. These are short distances and are popular tourist destinations. The ticket offices going to the above points are bustling, the number of passengers going to the ticket counter is quite crowded.

About the information that tickets are being sold out on social networks, talking to Ho Chi Minh City Law, representatives of both Eastern and Western bus stations said that in fact, the number of tickets at the bus station is quite large. However, on some short routes, especially places that attract tourists, there is a situation where tickets are sold out.

Specifically, a representative of Mien Tay Bus Station said that as of 12 o’clock on April 25, the number of tickets booked and taken for April 29 had about 24,000/52,000 tickets (reaching 46%); The number of tickets booked and taken for April 30 has about 14,000/52,000 tickets (reaching 27%).

On April 29 and 30, there were a number of “sold-out” routes such as Kien Giang, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Can Tho City, and Da Lat City (Lam Dong). However, these routes are only sold out during peak hours. As for the time frame from 18:00 to 24:00 and the number of tickets on April 30, there are still available for passengers to travel.

According to a representative of Mien Tay Bus Station, on this holiday, only 5/127 units declared an increase in ticket prices according to regulations. In which, the units declared that the fare increase was not more than 40% compared to the normal day ticket price, the price increase period was for two days.

Similarly, Mr. Ta Chuong Chin, Deputy General Director of Mien Dong Bus Station, also said that the bus station sold about 8,000/12,000 tickets at the peak of this holiday. The number of tickets sold will change from day to day. Currently, there are 29/153 units and businesses that have declared to increase ticket prices. In which, for routes far to the Central and Central Highlands, the declared fare is not more than 40% and the increase is not more than 20% for the routes close to Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Binh Phuoc, and Dong Nai.

According to Mr. Chin, ticket sales only happen on transport routes to tourist attractions such as Da Lat, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Nha Trang…

Currently, the number of ticket bookings continues to increase even though many routes from Ho Chi Minh City to Nghe An, Thanh Hoa and Phu Quoc are in a state of sold out.

Air ticket prices on holidays are very high

Noi Bai International Airport (HKQT) said that the number of passengers traveling by plane is recovering strongly. Expected peak holiday April 30, the highest daily output at the port is over 500 flights and approximately 78,000-80,000 passengers, mainly domestic tourists. Although the port’s capacity has not been exceeded, there may still be congestion during some peak hours, causing delays for flights.

The operator of Noi Bai International Airport recommends: Passengers should actively be present 2 hours before the flight time for domestic flights, 3 hours for international flights to avoid the risk of flight delay due to traffic jams on the road. move to the airport.

Tan Son Nhat International Airport also assessed that the volume of passengers and flights will increase on the occasion of April 30. On average, Tan Son Nhat airport operates about 643 flights per day. Particularly during peak holidays, the airport operates about 750-739 flights with 84,230-85,480 passengers.

To meet the sudden increase in passenger demand, airlines continue to increase loads on many domestic routes. Specifically, VietJet increased 2,300 flights, equivalent to more than 500,000 seats, to serve domestic and international guests.

Similarly, Vietnam Airlines Group (Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines and VASCO) continues to sharply increase the number of flights on tourist routes. In which, the unit focuses on increasing the load on eight routes to tourist attractions including: Hanoi to Hue, Da Nang, Cam Ranh, Da Lat, Phu Quoc; Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang, Cam Ranh, Phu Quoc.

Talking to Ho Chi Minh City Law, air ticket agents said that many flight routes have very high ticket prices, even higher than Tet holidays. Specifically, the route Ho Chi Minh City – Thanh Hoa costs 3-3.5 million VND/ticket; HCMC – Nghe An 3.4-3.6 million VND/ticket. For the Hanoi – Phu Quoc route, although airlines operate many flights per day, the ticket price on this route is still high, ranging from 3.8-4 million VND/ticket.

“Aviation recovered faster than forecast, currently the number of booking passengers continues to increase even though many routes from Ho Chi Minh City to Nghe An, Thanh Hoa and Phu Quoc are sold out” – Mr. Pham Ngoc Duy, owner an airline ticket agent in Binh Duong, information.

More flights to serve guests during the holidays

According to Vietnam Airlines Group, the number of passengers increased sharply, especially on the Ho Chi Minh City – Da Nang route, so the company added 46 flights for this route. The route Hanoi – Da Nang added 40 flights, Hanoi – Nha Trang added 38 flights, Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang added 26 flights, Ho Chi Minh City – Phu Quoc added 22 flights. Other routes add 14-18 flights.

Bamboo Airways is also expected to increase the domestic transport supply by 15%, in which it focuses on routes from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City/Da Nang and routes from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc, Nha Trang and Quy Nhon. In addition, the airline also increases flights on routes to/from high-demand localities such as Vinh, Thanh Hoa, and Hai Phong.

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