Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Bamboo Airways are set to resume more domestic and international air routes, add flights and launch new services to meet the rising travel demand as the country will fully reopen tourism on March 15.
Vietnam has so far reopened air routes to 20 countries and territories, compared to 28 in the 2019 winter flight schedule before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, a transport official has said.
Air and rail carriers, which have suffered heavily from Covid-19, have had to carry cargo to earn extra money. But sea shipping lines are experiencing brighter days.
Passengers, including children, wishing to fly on domestic routes are no longer required to undergo a COVID-19 test at the airport even when they have not received a single vaccine dose.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has asked agencies to continue conducting rapid testing for all air passengers upon entry to Vietnam, who are from or have transitted in countries with new cases of Omicron.
Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh has asked the Ministry of Transport to thoroughly review the content of its draft master plan on the development of airports nationwide from 2021 – 2030, and prepare to report it to permanent government members.
In the trial reopening of domestic route, airlines can fly with 10 percent of capacity and passengers must show written commitments on anti-pandemic measures.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed that the Ministry of Transport consider the gradual reopening of regular international commercial flights in four stages starting in the fourth quarter of this year.
The Ministry of Transport has allowed to increase frequency of domestic flights, including those in the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City air route.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has devised a plan aimed at resuming domestic flights from October 21 after reopening several domestic air routes on a trial basis from October 10.
The first commercial flights have been provided in the new normal period. However, the application of different regulations in different localities have caused problems.
Sixteen localities have agreed to resume domestic flights, while the capital of Hanoi, Hai Phong City and Gia Lai Province are not on the list.
The Ministry of Transport has sent a document to the Hanoi People’s Committee, proposing two plans on the resumption of domestic flights between the capacity city and Ho Chi Minh City from October 10.
The Hanoi People's Committee has replied to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam’s (CAAV) dispatch on the reopening of domestic flights to and from the capital city.
The People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has proposed organizing a number of round-trip flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to partially solve urgent travel needs.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has asked to stop all passenger flights between localities that are under social distancing in accordance with Directive 16.
Fewer people would be allowed to enter airports to pick up or drop passengers off for departure, particularly at the busy Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC, during the upcoming national holidays.