Viet Nam Aviation
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The Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam (CAAV) handles civil aviation and is under direct authority of the government. There are 135 airports and airstrips for civil, military and police use in the country. The CAAV is responsible for 18 airports and air navigation services. The airports in the north, central and south handled 2.5 million, 1.2 million and 5.1 million in 2002, respectively. Air traffic grew sharply during the 1990s until the region was hit by subsequent economic crisis. In 2002, the Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat) and Ha Noi (Noi Bai) airports and reached a total of 8 million commercial passengers, of which 4.2 million were international and 3.8 domestic.
International airfares are proposed by the airlines and ratified by CAAV. There are two different domestic airfares: one is applicable to foreign citizens and overseas Vietnamese and other is for local Vietnamese. The maximum airfare to Vietnamese passengers on domestic flights between Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City is decided by CAAV and the Government Pricing Committee and approved by the Prime Minister. Two airlines, both members of Viet Nam Airlines Corporation, operate in the country. The dominant one is Viet Nam Airlines, which accounts for 37% of international traffic to and from Viet Nam and 94% of the domestic demand. The other operator is Pacific Airlines which operates mainly between Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City. It was established in 1995 and is jointly owned by the Viet Nam Airlines Corporation and several other companies.