Vietnam transportation is improving rapidly even though it is still listed among countries with highest rates of accidents. When you travel long distance from one province to another, airplane, buses from credited travel agency and train are the safer options.
Travelling by air has never been made so simple and airplane is the most popular means of transportation that brings tourist to Vietnam. Similar things can be said for tourists who would like to move from one to another destinations within the country.
At present there are 7 registered airlines in Vietnam: Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, Air Mekong, VASCO, Indochina Airlines, VietJetStar and Viet Star Airlines. The first 4 airlines are currently operating both domestic and international flights.
The 100% state-owned Vietnam Airlines is still the main operator on most routes both within Vietnam and from Vietnam to other international destinations. The company operates flights on most cities in Vietnam and offer quite good services for its size. Vietnam Airlines fleet is painted blue with a yellow lotus at its tail.
Apart from Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific also have frequent flights among Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang. While Jetstar is competitive to the national airline in terms of price and service, the frequently delayed departure time have cost them public trust. Jetstar Pacific is co-owned by the State Capital Investment Corporation, Saigontourist and Qantas. According to the Vietnam Tourism Report in 2011, Jetstar Pacific currently shares 23% of Vietnamese market.
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.
There are currently many airlines operating flights to Vietnam. The main ports of entry for air travel are Tan Son Nhat airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City or Noi Bai Airport (HAN) in Hanoi. The number of direct routes from Australia, Europe and North America to Vietnam are still very limited and most flights departing from these regions to Vietnam involve a transit in Hongkong, Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo or Singapore.