RIS­ING COST OF TRAVEL

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Air­line pas­sen­gers will pay higher ser­vice charges start­ing in Oc­to­ber; ex­perts ex­pect ticket prices to in­crease as well.

HAØ NOÄI — Air­port ser­vice charges will be in­creased on Oc­to­ber 1, lead­ing in­dus­try ex­perts to pre­dict that ticket prices will rise.

Ser­vice charges will rise from VNÑ60,000 to VNÑ70,000 for in­ter­na­tional air­ports (Noäi Baøi, Taân Sôn Nhaát, Cam Ranh, Phuù Quoác and Ñaø Naüng) and from VNÑ50,000 to VNÑ60,000 for do­mes­tic air­ports such as Phuø Caùt, Caø Mau, Buoân Ma Thuoät and Lieân Khöông. A fee of US$25 per pas­sen­ger will also be ap­plied at Noäi Baøi’s newly con­structed Ter­mi­nal 2. Ad­di­tion­ally, the charge for freight trans­port will in­crease by 10 per cent from $15 to $17 per tonne.

Air­line rep­re­sen­ta­tives were skep­ti­cal that the in­crease in air­port ser­vice charges would im­prove air­port ser­vice qual­ity.

More­over, Voõ Huy Cöôøng, Deputy Di­rec­tor of the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of Vieät Nam (CAA), pre­dicted that the ad­di­tional charges would lead air­lines to raise ticket costs. This could dis­cour­age pas­sen­gers from pur­su­ing air travel, air­line rep­re­sen­ta­tives warned.

Pas­sen­gers al­ready pay three ex­tra charges: a ticket is­suance rate of VNÑ50,000, value-added tax of 10 per cent and a pas­sen­ger ser­vice charge rang­ing from VNÑ110,000- 120,000 per ticket. The se­cu­rity check charge for na­tional flights is VNÑ10,000 per do­mes­tic pas­sen­ger, VNÑ20,000 per do­mes­tic pri­or­ity pas­sen­ger and VNÑ32,000 per in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­ger. —

Peo­ple queue up to check- in at Noäi Baøi In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Air­port ser­vice charges will be in­creased on Oc­to­ber 1. — VNA/ VNS Photo Vieät Thanh

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