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Tan Son Nhat int'l airport unprecedentedly deserted due to Covid-19

February 06, 2021 | 11:29

Given the complicated situation of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world, many overseas Vietnamese cannot return to the country for the Tet holiday. Therefore, the international terminal at Tan Son Nhat airport has witnessed an unprecedentedly deserted scene.

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Video: Thanh Nien

Tan Son Nhat int'l airport unprecedentedly deserted due to Covid-19
Photo: Thanh Nien

Contrary to the bustling atmosphere during the previous Tet holidays, the Tan Son Nhat Airport’s international terminal this year has stayed still as the Vietnamese abroad cannot return to the country due to the Covid-19 epidemic, Thanh Nien reported.

A security staff at Tan Son Nhat Airport said that each day the airport only conducts 1-2 flights bringing Vietnamese citizens home with 20-30 passengers each. Thus, the number of employees is cut down or transferred to do other tasks.

The number of check-in counters has reduced to 2 from the original 20. Inside the terminal is only several passengers, mainly employees. Eateries and cafes also close or open without customers.

Tan Son Nhat int'l airport unprecedentedly deserted due to Covid-19
Photo: Thanh Nien

Before entering the international terminal, passengers are required to wash their hands with sanitizers and had their body temperatures checked. The process of doing flying procedures, health declaration, and security checks are all quick and convenient.

Tan Son Nhat int'l airport unprecedentedly deserted due to Covid-19
Photo: Thanh Nien

A deserted scene at Tan Son Nhat Airport’s international terminal.

Tan Son Nhat int'l airport unprecedentedly deserted due to Covid-19
Photo: Thanh Nien

A passenger does the procedure to fly to Singapore on February 4.

Tan Son Nhat int'l airport unprecedentedly deserted due to Covid-19
Photo: Thanh Nien

The check-in procedures are quickly solved.

Tan Son Nhat int'l airport unprecedentedly deserted due to Covid-19
Photo: Thanh Nien

According to an airport security staff, even at the time when there is no flight, employees are still on duty.

Tan Son Nhat int'l airport unprecedentedly deserted due to Covid-19
Photo: Thanh Nien

Eateries in the international terminal close.

Tan Son Nhat int'l airport unprecedentedly deserted due to Covid-19
Photo: Thanh Nien

Relatives see off passengers at the international terminal.

Tan Son Nhat int'l airport unprecedentedly deserted due to Covid-19
Photo: Thanh Nien

The number of check-in counters has reduced to 2 from the original 20.

Tan Son Nhat int'l airport unprecedentedly deserted due to Covid-19
Photo: Thanh Nien

An unprecedentedly desolate scene.

Tan Son Nhat int'l airport unprecedentedly deserted due to Covid-19
Photo: Thanh Nien

The employees outnumber the passengers.

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