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Flight delays and cancellations soar in July

Released at: 15:07, 05/08/2015

Flight delays and cancellations soar in July

Vietjet Air recorded highest rate of delayed flights during the month.

by Hoa

Vietnam’s domestic airlines conducted more than 17,856 flights in July. Seventy-two flights were cancelled while 3,817 delayed, accounting for 21.4 per cent of total flights, or 42.7 per cent higher than in the first six months of the year, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam.

Vietjet Air had the most delayed flights, of 23.5 per cent of its total, followed by Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar, with 21.2 per cent and 20.7 per cent.

In the first six months of the year domestic airlines operated more than 101,000 flights, with 5,176 delayed flights (15 per cent) and 535 canceled flights.

In term of causes for the delayed flights, 25.8 per cent were due to equipment, airport services, operational management, and aircraft. The late arrival of the aircraft was the most common reason for subsequently delayed flights, accounting for 69.8 per cent.“This is the peak season for travel so the airlines had to increase the number of flights to meet the needs of passengers,” CAAV explained. “Therefore, there was congestion on the runway and apron that caused queues and slow departures and landings of other flights”.

In addition, Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City repaired a runway from July 16 to 19 because of a lightning strike and there was heavy rain in the south during July. Another cause was a technical malfunction in the aircraft prior to departure. 

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