Local media reports suggested 28 million would be domestic passengers, 30% more than domestic flyers in 2015.

The growth has been attributed to the expansion of local budget airlines, VietJet Air and Jetstar Pacific, which are now operating 50 routes connecting Hanoi, Danang, and Ho Chi Minh City with 17 domestic destinations.

Meanwhile, 52 foreign airlines based in 28 different countries and territories are also operating 78 routes to Vietnamese destinations including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Phu Quoc, Hai Phong, and Nha Trang, the report said.

In addition, passengers using budget airlines on domestic routes will reach 15 million this year, accounting for nearly 55% of all domestic flyers.

Local carriers operated over 228,000 flights during January to November.

As of 30 November, airlines mustered 147 aircraft, and another five aircraft are due to be delivered by 31 December.

For the first 11 months of the year, over 38,000 flights suffered delays or were cancelled, according to CAAV.

Of that, 36,844 flights were delayed, up 0.6 percentage points year-on-year, while 1,605 flights were cancelled up 0.2 percentage points year-on-year.

By Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit - TTR Weekly - December 9, 2016