VIETNAM: Vietnam’s air cargo market flourishes

Vietnam’s air cargo exports are up 43 per cent over last year, according to Civil Aviation Administration (CAAV). Fortyfour international airlines carry both passengers and cargo, including nine carriers with maindeck capacity into the Vietnamese market: Korean Air, Taiwan’s Eva Air and China Airlines, Qantas, Cargolux, FedEx, Singapore Airlines Cargo and Shanghai Air Cargo. Trai […]


Vietnam’s air cargo exports are up 43 per cent over last year, according to Civil Aviation Administration (CAAV). Fortyfour international airlines carry both passengers and cargo, including nine carriers with maindeck capacity into the Vietnamese market: Korean Air, Taiwan’s Eva Air and China Airlines, Qantas, Cargolux, FedEx, Singapore Airlines Cargo and Shanghai Air Cargo. Trai Thien, a private Vietamese cargo airline, also began flying in early September.

The volume of air cargo increased from 166,000 tonnes in 2005 to 248,000 tonnes in 2009, average yearly growth of 10.6 per cent. This year, growth has accelerated with shipments in the first seven months of 2010 up 43.8 per cent over the same period of 2009 to nearly 188,000 tonnes. Export cargo consists mainly of clothing, footwear, perishables like flowers, fruit, vegetables and seafood, as well as ornamental fish.

The value of shipments going through the country’s largest airport, Tan Son Nhat International Airport at Ho Chi Minh City, between June and August was worth more than US$1 billion, compared to $276 million in the same period last year, according to the airport’s Customs office.