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Vietnam aviation to increase flight schedule amid COVID-19 pandemic

07:11 | 23/04/2020

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed to the Ministry of Transport that additional air routes could be operated between April 23 and April 30, including 20 flights per day running on the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route.

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Vietnam Airlines' planes stopped operating during the social distancing period in April 2020. (Photo courtesy of Vietnam Airlines)

Under the proposal, CAAV says carriers should be allowed to operate one flight a day each from Hanoi or HCMC to other localities in the country, except for the Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao route with four flights, VNE reported.

The routes between localities other than Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City should also be allowed to have one flight a day for each airline, it proposed

According to VOV, the CAAV has therefore put forward the idea of operating 20 flights each day on the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City–Hanoi route, with a specific number of flights being allocated to each airline. The suggested plan would see both national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and low-cost airline Vietjet Air operating six flights per day each, while both Bamboo Airways and Jetstar Pacific would each operate four flights per day.

Moreover, the proposal would see 10 flights operate from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang, of which Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air would both run three flights per day, with Bamboo Airways and Jetstar Pacific each operating two flights per day.

With regard to air routes running from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to other localities around the country, each airline would operate a single flight per day to meet the travel demands of local people.

With the government’s social distancing measures in place, the CAAV requires all relevant units operating in the aviation industry to strictly comply with them.

The carriers would still have to implement social distancing, keeping passengers at least one seat apart on flights departing, maintain prevention and control measures including checking passengers' health at the airport, requiring online health declarations before boarding flights and refusing to carry passengers with COVID-19 infection symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath), according to VNE.

vietnam aviation to increase flight schedule amid covid 19 pandemic

Check-in counters are crowded again after airlines intensify domestic flights (Photo: Zing.vn)

All Vietnamese carriers have suspended international routes since late March to contain the COVID-19, ưith many of the active patients being people coming in from other countries.

Wednesday morning marked the sixth consecutive day in Vietnam without a new COVID-19 infection, keeping the country's tally of active infections unchanged at 52.

The COVID-19 pandemic, now in 210 countries and territories, has a reported death toll of more than 177,600.

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