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Proposing to reoperate international flights in Vietnam starting June 1

May 07, 2020 | 10:34

The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam's (CAAV) is proposing to lift the international flight suspension order starting June 1, roughly three months after the issuance.

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Vietnam has banned outbound entry since March 22 with exceptions and conditions, including 14-day quarantining on arrival. Since March 25, international flights suspension has been implemented to prevent the spread of the virus.

While international flights and entry of foreigners's proposal is still pending, CAAV’s proposal to lift limitations on flight frequency for carriers was approved by the Transport Ministry. Vietnamese carriers will be also allowed to remove social distancing restrictions on aircraft and limitations on the number of passengers starting Thursday, according to VnExpress.

Accordingly, domestic flights en routes to Hanoi, HCMC, and Da Nang depending on demand can be increased, depending on demand.

Passengers on planes are currently required to sit one seat apart. Only families, friends, colleagues or groups booking tickets together can sit next to each other. The number of passengers must not exceed 80 percent of the seats.

While the distancing restrictions on aircraft are lifted, passengers are still required to keep a distance of one meter from each other while going through procedures at airports until boarding, as reported by VNE.

The Ministry has also decided to remove social distancing limitations on buses, taxi, trains and ships starting Thursday.

The CAAV early this week had proposed that from May 5, the daily frequency of flights on the Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City route be increased to 52 flights both ways instead of the current 36, and to Da Nang from either city to 20 from 12.

During the recent four-day holiday marking the Reunification Day (April 30) and May Day, Vietnamese carriers reported a 70-80 percent load factor on the Hanoi – HCMC route and 60-70 percent on flights to Da Nang.

The aviation industry has been severely hit by the pandemic, and a recovery is only likely at the end of the year, the transport ministry has said. The number of air passengers this year could fall by 46 percent to 43 million, it said.

As of May 7, Vietnam has gone 20 consecutive days without community transmission, with cumulative cases stands at 271, no death reported.

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