Nowadays, there are five domestic airlines in Vietnam including Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, VietJet Air, Air Mekong and Vasco. The total of customers achieves more than 12 million passengers per year, the average growth rate of over 15% per year.
Domestic flights support to connect cities in Vietnam. For people inside Vietnam, the largest and the most familiar one is Vietnam Airlines. This carrier has flight paths covering the largest number of regions, from the remote northwestern area such as Dien Bien to the southmost of Vietnam (Ca Mau).
This is the national airline operating in the traditional model. Therefore, tourists can bring 20 kilogram baggage with them without fee charge and offer meal services.
The airline provides flights to all the three regions of the North, the Central and the South of Vietnam. Sometimes, Vietnam Airline is the only choice for tourists. Quite a few flight paths are only supplied with flights by this company.
Jetstar Pacific is one of the domestic airlines in Vietnam running in the low-cost airline model. Accordingly, if you carry the checked luggage of 20 kilogram, you will have to pay extra money (pay fee online when booking ticket, or at the airport).
The biggest advantage of Jetstar Pacific is having cheap price compared to Vietnam Airlines. Friday every week, the company offers the promotional program. The main line is from Hanoi or Haiphong to Ho Chi Minh City. The air routes from Hanoi to Danang or Nha Trang are only provided during the peak tourist season (in summer).
Jetstar Pacific are currently chosen by quite a few people, although recently the carrier has been in the fierce competition with VietJet Air.
Today, the main rival of Jetstar Pacific is VietJet Air. This domestic airline launched to start in 2011. In recent time. VietJet also offers the key route from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. In addition, the company opened the flight path from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang and from Ho Chi Minh City to Hai Phong.
Ticket price of VietJet Air is strongly competitive because its price is nearly as cheap as that of taking a North-South sleeper bus. Compared to Vietnam Airline and Jetstar Pacific, Vietjet Air is at young age. As a result, this airline find a way expand the brand name by launching several surprising promotional campaign. A typical example is the offer of 19,000 VND/ticket, 99,000 VND/ticket. Moreover, flight attendants are friendly and enthusiastic. However, a shortcoming of Vietjet is the postponement of flights or adding up flights, which does not satisfy passengers.
Air Mekong is one of the domestic airlines in Vietnam. This is not a low-cost carrier, the price is lower than Vietnam Airlines but higher than Jetstar and VietJet. The size of aircrafts is modest and the airline specialized in offering flights from Hanoi to Phu Quoc and Con Dao.
Air Mekong does not have amazing promotion like VietJet Air or Jetstar. For the promotional program, they will slightly lower the price of ticket and send some presents to customers.
In reality, Vaso is a affiliated company of Vietnam Airline. Aircrafts of Vasco has the small size because this company just provides short domestic routes from Ho Chi Minh city.