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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Vietnam to approve first domestic cargo airline

Updated: 10:11’ - 04/04/2022
The Ministry of Transport has sought the Prime Minister’s approval to issue a license for the first cargo airline in Vietnam, IPP Air Cargo, as freight demand increases rapidly.

The application document of IPP Air Cargo met all requirements for the license, the ministry said.

Establishing a cargo airline is appropriate for Vietnam as the cargo transportation demand kept increasing steadily.__Photo: VNA

The ministry said Vietnam’s first cargo airline was appropriate to the country’s transport services development strategy for 2030, which targeted the development of a fleet of 8-10 cargo planes, which would contribute to promoting the logistics industry.

“The cargo airline will contribute to the growth of cargo transport of Vietnamese airlines by around 10-15 percent per year,” the ministry said in a document on March 31.

The volume handled by IPP Air Cargo was expected to increase by 18-20 percent per year.

The ministry also said that Vietnam’s participation in the ASEAN Single Aviation Market, an agreement on the liberalization of air transport in 2015, was creating opportunities for IPP Air Cargo to expand markets and increase its competitiveness.

The operation of a cargo airline would also help generate foreign currency, facilitate goods flow and drive local economic growth.

Starting from 1991, the air cargo market of Vietnam handled more than 18,380 tons. After more than 30 years, the volume of cargo handled in 2021 increased to 1.3 million tons and was expected to reach 1.52 million tons in 2022. The average growth rate was 15.3 percent from 1991 to 2021.

Vietnam’s air cargo is currently handled by five existing airlines that provide passenger transportation.

Existing Vietnamese airlines held a share of 11 percent of the international cargo transport in 2020-21 and 18 percent in 2019.

Currently, 29 foreign airlines operate cargo planes from 16 countries and territories to Vietnam.

Due to the pandemic, the number of flights carrying passengers and goods dropped sharply while demand for cargo transportation increased significantly, pushing up freight rates by 3-4 times.

IPP Air Cargo was established on March 10, 2021, with an initial investment of VND 300 billion (USD 13 million), with air cargo transportation being its major business line.

The airline planned to initially operate five aircraft, including Boeing 737, Boeing 777, Airbus 330 planes in the first year of operation and double the fleet in the next five years.-(VNS/VLLF)


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