Vietnam Reduces Landing Fees for International Airlines

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Noi Bai Airport by Craig/Creative Commons LicenseOct. 29 – Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Administration will reduce landing and take-off fees for all international airlines by 5 percent until March 1, 2010 as a way of helping carriers deal with the global recession.

Vietnam’s international airports charge varying fees on airlines depending on the size of the plane with bigger planes charged more. International airlines firms told Thanh Nien News that while the fee itself were not huge it still supports airlines that fly regularly to the country,  including AirAsia, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

An estimated 40 passenger and cargo airlines regularly fly to international airports in the country: Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, Da Nang Airport, and Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

The airline industry overall has had a challenging year dealing with the effects of the global slowdown that has led to the International Air Transport Association forecasting airline losses for the year amounting to US$11 billion from US$9 billion.