Aviation authorities claim repatriation flight prices not inflated

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Vietnam has recently defended the cost of repatriation flights and related services, saying they had not been inflated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aviation authorities claim repatriation flight prices not inflated
Vietnamese citizens in full-body protective suits get their temperatures checked before boarding a repatriation flight operated by Vietnam Airlines departing from Seoul's Incheon Airport in May. — Photo courtesy of Vietnam Airlines

Vo Huy Cuong, deputy head of the CAA, said that two ‘combo flights’ – VN417 from Seoul to Da Nang on November 20, and VN417 from Seoul to Quang Ninh on November 23, both operated by Vietnam Airlines – had shown there was real demand for all-in-one packages.

The packages include a flight ticket (which includes the cost to be paid for service providers both in and outside Vietnam), costs for three or four-star hotel stays of 14 days for mandatory quarantine with three meals a day, specialised transport services from the airport to the quarantine hotel, two COVID-19 tests, and treatment of medical waste and disinfection of personal effects during the stay, among others.

Cuong said the use of three and four-star hotels had been decided by local governments because they had a capacity of 100 or more rooms to accommodate centralised quarantine for large group of arrivals, preventing them scattering across different facilities and making it hard to manage and monitor quarantine compliance.

“Prices for combo packages are reasonable, and ticket prices are no higher than pre-COVID-19,” Cuong noted.

The claim that the actual price Vietnamese citizens returning from South Korea had to pay for these combo packages has been pushed up 1.5-2 times to VND40-50 million (US$1,730-2,163), compared to the initial asking price of VND29.5-30 million, “does not come from official sources, and only personal Facebook accounts,” according to Cuong.

Cuong stressed that after discussions with the arrivals, the rates were similar to the agreed published rates.

However, slight differences could occur due to currency conversion during transactions done overseas, between the Japanese yen, South Korea’s won or Vietnamese dong, for example.

Also, in Quang Ninh, depending on the time, even the designed three-star quarantine hotels have run out of space, which makes it necessary to quarantine the passengers into higher-rated hotels, Cuong said, adding that Vietnam Airlines is working with Quang Ninh authorities to set up more diverse quarantine facilities.

In order to shorten travel times, two future flights carrying Vietnamese returnees from South Korea to be quarantined in Thanh Hoa Province (central Vietnam) will be redirected to land at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, instead of Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province, which is further to the north.

 

Authorities in Thanh Hoa Province have agreed on the plan with their counterparts in Hanoi, and will coordinate to ensure safety for passengers on these two flights when they are transported from the airport to FLC Sam Son hotel complex in Thanh Hoa City. 

Strict prevention protocols

Also according to representatives of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), disease control protocols at airports were being strictly implemented.

Aviation security staff will co-ordinate with local Centres for Disease Control (CDCs) to ensure all passengers wear masks, wash their hands at the entrance to airports, and fill in self-declared health forms (paper or electronic) at flight desks.

If the passenger’s body temperature is found to be over 36 degrees Celsius, in addition to displaying typical COVID-19 symptoms such as shortness of breath or dry coughing, they will be treated as a potential coronavirus carrier and immediately transferred to a centralised quarantine facility.

All flights arriving overseas will be disinfected right after landing at their designated parking lots.

High tough surfaces like armrests, door knob on washrooms and the outer shell of overhead luggage compartments will receive extra attention.

Airlines that operate repatriation flights usually ask passengers and crew to wear personal protective equipment, especially masks, during the entire durations of their flights.  VNS

54 repatriation flights scheduled in November-December to bring back 17,000 Vietnamese citizens

54 repatriation flights scheduled in November-December to bring back 17,000 Vietnamese citizens

A total of 54 repatriation flights have been planned within the last two months of 2020 to bring home around 17,000 Vietnamese stranded overseas as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
 

Other News

.
Vietnam promotes and protects human rights in Covid-19 epidemic
Vietnam promotes and protects human rights in Covid-19 epidemic
SOCIETYicon  27/12/2020 

The efforts of the Vietnamese Government during the Covid-19 epidemic is vivid evidence of the responsibility to protect and support vulnerable groups in the realization of human rights according to UPR recommendations.

A special flight to guarantee citizens' right to life
A special flight to guarantee citizens' right to life
SOCIETYicon  26/12/2020 

The campaign to move Vietnamese citizens out of Hubei (China), the world’s corona virus epicenter in early February is a proof of the policy of putting people in the highest position,

Building a specialized monitoring agency to increase effectiveness in ensuring the rights of ethnic minorities
Building a specialized monitoring agency to increase effectiveness in ensuring the rights of ethnic minorities
SOCIETYicon  28/12/2020 

It is necessary to have a specialized monitoring agency to ensure the rights of ethnic minorities. 

Law on Support for and Development of Ethnic Minorities and Mountainous Areas should be issued
Law on Support for and Development of Ethnic Minorities and Mountainous Areas should be issued
SOCIETYicon  27/12/2020 

It is necessary to pass the promulgation and implementation of the "Law on Support for and Development of Ethnic Minorities and Mountainous Areas" 

The government accepts economic damage to guarantee the right to health care for everyone
The government accepts economic damage to guarantee the right to health care for everyone
SOCIETYicon  27/12/2020 

Despite many difficulties, in order to protect people's health, the Government plans to both self produce and import Covid-19 vaccine in order to vaccinate every citizen.

Human rights viewed from illegal sales of personal information
Human rights viewed from illegal sales of personal information
SOCIETYicon  29/12/2020 

Illegally holding, trading, or transferring personal information of another person without authorization is infringement of privacy - one of the fundamental rights of human rights.

After 5 years, our country is really better, all people enjoy development results
After 5 years, our country is really better, all people enjoy development results
SOCIETYicon  27/12/2020 

After implementing the five-year social-economic development plan (2015-2020), the country’s situation is really better than ever, with high economic growth rate,

Human rights considerations: Dialogue and cooperation are the only effective way
Human rights considerations: Dialogue and cooperation are the only effective way
SOCIETYicon  27/12/2020 

Vietnam does not support resolutions on human rights in a particular country but believes that dialogue and cooperation are an effective way to consider human rights issues, not criticize each other or pressuring, politicizing human rights.

Resolution No. 28-NQ/TW: A progressive resolution promoting the right to social security
Resolution No. 28-NQ/TW: A progressive resolution promoting the right to social security
SOCIETYicon  27/12/2020 

Resolution No. 28-NQ/TW, issued on May 23, 2018 of the Party Central Committee, is considered to have the contents of reforming the social insurance policy progressively, 

Despite difficulties, Vietnam constantly promotes the right to social security
Despite difficulties, Vietnam constantly promotes the right to social security
SOCIETYicon  28/12/2020 

The 2013 Constitution of the State of Vietnam recognizes citizens' rights to social security in Article 34. Accordingly, citizens are ensured in terms of social welfare.

Accepting economic losses, protecting people's lives at all costs
Accepting economic losses, protecting people's lives at all costs
SOCIETYicon  28/12/2020 

On the basis of the humanistic point of view of "not letting anyone behind", by specific actions, ensuring human rights, the campaign against Covid-19 pandemic of Vietnam is an outstanding success, becoming a bright spot in the world.

Vietnam - a typical case of integrating human rights protection
Vietnam - a typical case of integrating human rights protection
SOCIETYicon  28/12/2020 

Chairman of the Mary Robison Foundation said that Vietnam is a typical case of integrating human rights issues, including the promotion of gender equality in climate change response policies.

Achievements in ensuring human rights, the premise for Vietnam’s positions at international forums
Achievements in ensuring human rights, the premise for Vietnam’s positions at international forums
SOCIETYicon  28/12/2020 

The outstanding results in the international arena, with the most typical one is being elected as the Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council, have confirmed the new stature of the Vietnamese State.

Ministry of Information and Communications strives to contribute to protecting children's rights in cyberspace
Ministry of Information and Communications strives to contribute to protecting children's rights in cyberspace
SOCIETYicon  28/12/2020 

Building a child protection network in the cyberspace will connect agencies, organizations and businesses together, forming a harmonious process to prevent, detect, intervene and handle acts of child abuse in the Internet environment.

Vietnam - a responsible member of international human rights conventions
Vietnam - a responsible member of international human rights conventions
SOCIETYicon  27/12/2020 

Through international cooperation activities on human rights, Vietnam has played an increasingly important role and actively contributed to the building of common values of human rights in the region and the world.

Efforts of the whole socio-political system to "Leaving no one behind"
Efforts of the whole socio-political system to "Leaving no one behind"
SOCIETYicon  29/12/2020 

For any political regime, social security in general, social insurance and health insurance policies in particular are also considered an important foundation for a country’s economic development and socio-political stability.

Vietnam listed among countries with high Human Development Index for the first time
Vietnam listed among countries with high Human Development Index for the first time
SOCIETYicon  29/12/2020 

Human rights or human development is a central issue in the development process in Vietnam. 

Human Rights achievements: Impressive communications from direct to online mode
Human Rights achievements: Impressive communications from direct to online mode
SOCIETYicon  27/12/2020 

In addition to communication methods such as writing articles, activities of agencies and organizations, the propaganda of human rights is also implemented through the organization of photo exhibitions and advanced IT applications.

Impressive model of friendly bookcase at Ngoc Ly detention center
Impressive model of friendly bookcase at Ngoc Ly detention center
SOCIETYicon  26/12/2020 

The fact has proven that converting and making changes in awareness is the best way of education. It will awaken the germ of goodness which is inherent and latent in each human being.

The role of journalists is indispensable for protection of human rights
The role of journalists is indispensable for protection of human rights
SOCIETYicon  26/12/2020 

The media plays the role of an essential means of communication in social life, the mouthpiece of the Party's agencies, the State, political and social organizations, the forum of the people.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN