Air and rail carriers turn to cargo to earn money

Vietnam: Sea shipping lines make good profits during pandemic

Air and rail carriers, which have suffered heavily from Covid-19, have had to carry cargo to earn extra money. On the other hand, sea shipping lines are experiencing better times. In 2021 air carriers transported 912,000 tons of goods in the first nine months of 2021, an increase of 19 percent over the same period the year before. While international transportation output increased by 25 percent, domestic transportation decreased by 9 percent.

Vietnam Airlines, for example, carried Bac Giang litchis to HCM City and Japan. This helped Bac Giang farmers sell litchis during the pandemic and kept the airline busy.

The railway sector, like airlines, suffered heavily from Covid because of the sharp drop in passengers. Vu Minh Anh, President of the Vietnam Railways Corporation (VNR), said in 2022, it would continue to focus on cargo transport.


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