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 plan will see six round-trip flights per day run from October 21 to November 30 on three air routes of Hanoi-Danang, Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang-Ho Chi Minh City.
Of the flights, Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air will be permitted to launch two per day each, while Bamboo Airways and Pacific Airlines will operate one flight per day each.
Airlines are to be allowed to resume their air routes with a flight frequency not exceeding 10% of the average seen in the first week of April, the period before the fourth COVID-19 wave hit the nation.
Other air routes will not be allowed to exceed one round-trip flight per day for each airline.
Further adjustments are set to be made after 15 days of resumption.
Providing that the COVID-19 pandemic is competently-controlled across the country, then airlines will be able to resume operations as normal.
Passengers on domestic flights departing from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City must test negative for COVID-19 72 hours before departure.
For other flights departing from other localities, passengers are required to meet one of three conditions: having a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, papers to prove they recovered from COVID-19 up to six months prior to the flight, or a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours before flying.
Giving vaccinations is the top priority so that by early 2022 regular international flights can reopen.