Air carriers have been strictly advised by Vietnamese authorities to avoid airspace over the Taiwan Strait due to military exercises being conducted in China. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam announced that the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Society had given them a “Notice to Air Missions” (NOTAM) obtained from China. The NOTAM clearly warns pilots that there will be “six temporary danger zones” near Taiwan in operation for all flights prohibited to pilots.
Carriers across Vietnam have been hit hard by the ordeal, as “more than 100 international flights” were disrupted due to Chinese military exercises.
Vietnamese airline, Vietnam Airlines, has started changing its flight routes to ensure it avoids airspace near the Taiwan Strait. The change in flight routes will greatly affect the airline’s normally smooth flight paths. According to India time Last Thursday, the company released an official statement, making it clear to passengers that flights will experience minor disruptions.
“As of August 4, in order to ensure the safety of operations and flights, Vietnam Airlines will adjust flight routes between Vietnam and Northeast Asia, including Japan, Korea and Taiwan, between Vietnam and the United States to avoid flying over certain areas near the island. from Taiwan.
The company has acknowledged that this change will result in extended wait times for passengers. Therefore, she apologized to her customers in advance and encouraged them to plan before traveling.
It has been made clear by the airline that this change will continue as long as Chinese military exercises are ongoing.
Other airlines such as Vietjet, Bamboo Airways, EVA Airways and China Airlines have also been affected by this and other airlines are expected to similarly follow in the footsteps of Vietnam Airlines shortly. There is no doubt that the Chinese military exercises will cause slight havoc for many airlines during their operation.
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