A plane of Vietnam Airlines (Photo: VietnamPlus)
The resumption will be carried out in two phases and depend on relevant agencies’ approval.
In the first phase, scheduled to begin on January 1 next year and last for about two weeks, the national flag carrier will conduct round-trip flights between Vietnam and the US, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan (China), Singapore, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.
Each route will have one to four flights per week, and the frequency will gradually increase basing on passengers’ demand and anti-pandemic requirements.
Meanwhile, the firm is set to reopen air routes connecting the country with the UK, France, Germany, Russia, Australia, Hong Kong (China), and Malaysia in the second phase.
Telling an online discussion on December 23, General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Trung Khanh said if the country lags behind in the resumption of international flights, it will lose chances for not only attracting tourists but also recovering other sectors, including the aviation industry.
He noted that over the last nearly two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused extremely negative impact on every aspect, with tourism and aviation are among the first to be hit hard. These two sectors are forecast to continue facing numerous difficulties in the time ahead.
The reopening of commercial international flights is an urgent need, especially in the year-end period when people, especially overseas Vietnamese, have high demand for returning to the homeland, the official added.
Vietjet AIr plans to resume international flights on January 1, 2022
With permission from the authorities of countries, budget carrier Vietjet Air expects to reopen regular international flights starting January 1 next year.
These flights will be operated on routes connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (the Republic of Korea), Taipei (Taiwan - China), Singapore, and Bangkok (Thailand).
In the first stage beginning in January, all routes will see one return flight operated a week. The number of flights will be increased gradually in line with the demand of passengers and the approval of competent management agencies to ensure effective pandemic prevention.
In the next stage, the airline expects to resume all of its international routes to countries in the region and farther to India and Russia.
Flight schedules are published on Vietjet Air’s official website www.vietjetair.com, its smartphone application, Facebook page www.facebook.com/vietjetvietnam, and official ticket offices and agents.
The resumption will follow directions and requirements of countries involved, with passengers asked to seriously comply with regulations on pandemic prevention and entry-exit procedures./