The airway market in Vietnam now has only seven domestic companies. The biggest and most influential one is Vietnam Airlines, a state – owned airway corporation, which makes up approximately 70% of domestic market share. Following it are the two private airlines named Jet Star Pacific and Air Mekong, which focus more on low-cost air market. Some other small and new airlines such as Blue Sky Air, Vasco and the latest licensed Vietjet Air are growing slowly in the Vietnam airways market.
Domestic flights in Vietnam are rising in both number of routes and frequency. The most frequent flights are between main cities, especially those with larger airports such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang. There are also many direct flights, though at fewer frequency to tourism destinations such as Dien Bien, Nha Trang, Hai Phong and Dalat.
Vasco and Air Mekong recently open new routes to Southern islands such as Con Dao and Phu Quoc. You can find travel deals by visiting their websites frequently.
Vietnam popular domestic routes:
1 - Ho Chi Minh City- Hanoi: over 10 daily flights back and forth, operated by Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific and Air Mekong. One way ticket is around $100.
2 - Ho Chi Minh City- Da Nang: daily flights by Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific. One way ticket is around $70.
3 - Hanoi- Da Nang: daily flights by Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific. One way ticket is around $70.
4 - Hanoi- Phu Quoc: flights operated by Air Mekong. One way ticket is about $85.
5 - Ho Chi Minh City- Phu Quoc: flights operated by Vietnam Airlines and Air Mekong. One way ticket is about $50.
How to reserve and book your air ticket:
To book tickets for your flights, you can either book online on the airlines' websites or contact a travel agency (www.vietnamflight.net) as you arrive in Vietnam. Either online or by phone, you will be able to check the time and ticket price. Price for domestic flights do not have a wide range between the agencies; however, it matters how long in advance you get your tickets.
Most air tickets now take the electronic form, which will be sent to your email. Make sure that all the details on the ticket such as your name and flight date are correct to avoid any unwanted problems.