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Air tickets Vietnam National holiday running out

2010-08-31 (GMT + 7)

Representatives of the national air carrier Vietnam  Airlines and Jetstar Pacific Airlines have said that flight tickets for August 30-31 and September 1 on some “golden air routes” like Hanoi – Nha Trang are nearly running out.  Meanwhile, tickets for flights on some other routes are also running short.

The National Day holiday is long this year, lasting four days, so many families decided to take trips during the holiday. As the demand for traveling increases, it is very difficult to obtain air tickets from big cities to Vietnam travel sites.
According to the budget airline Jetstar Pacific, the Hanoi – Nha Trang and (Ho Chi Minh city) HCM City – Nha Trang flights are the “hottest” air routes now, since many families like spending time on beautiful beaches. The airline said the demand for traveling has increased by 30-40 percent from ordinary days. All the seats on the flights from Hanoi and HCM City to Nha Trang on September 1 have been booked. Passengers can now only book tickets for earlier or later flights on August 29-31 and after September 3.
Vietnam Airlines has said the air carrier is planning to provide more flights on some air routes on the days close to September 2, National Day. To date, tickets for short and medium distance flights have nearly run out because of the high demand for air travel. There have been no tickets available for the flights from Hanoi and HCM City to Nha Trang on September 1.  Passengers need to book air tickets right now for flights on August 30-31 or September 2.  Meanwhile, air tickets for flights on other routes like Hanoi – Da Nang, Hanoi – Hue, or Hanoi – Da Lat are also running low, especially flights during “golden hours” (in the morning or afternoon).
The owner of the booking agent on Tran Hung Dao street in Hanoi has confirmed that the number of passengers booking tickets to fly on holiday days with Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific has increased sharply over the last few years. “A lot of passengers are still calling to book tickets for flights on September 1, but we have to tell them that we have no more tickets,” he said.
According to the booking agent, unlike Tet holiday, the “hottest” air routes on National Day holiday are the ones which link big cities and famous destinations of Vietnam travel like Nha Trang, Da Lat, or Da Nang. Meanwhile, passengers still can book tickets now for the Hanoi  - HCM City flights on August 30-31 and September 1-2. Since both Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific have been focusing on developing the two air routes, the supply of tickets for these flights remains abundant. At the moment, passengers can still book cheap tickets on the Hanoi – HCM City route.
In related news, the budget airline Jetstar Pacific has announced a campaign to sell thousands of cheap air tickets for domestic flights on August 31. The sales campaign is in honor of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi.
The air carrier will sell tickets from 8am to 5pm on August 31. The tickets will allow passengers to fly roundtrip on these routes: Hanoi - HCM City, Hanoi - Da Nang, HCM City - Da Nang, HCM City - Hai Phong. The flights will depart between September 7 and October 27.
Tickets for the Hanoi – Da Nang and HCM City – Da Nang routes will cost 315,000 dong, while tickets for Hanoi – HCM City will cost 615,000 dong.  The HCM City – Hai Phong route will cost 600,000 dong.
On August 20, Jetstar Pacific also launched a campaign to sell cheap air tickets. Nearly 6000 passengers successfully booked tickets.

Source: VnExpress

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