A Vietnam Airlines plane at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, HCMC. Photo by Shutterstock / EQRoy.
The national carrier Vietnam Airlines received a permit from Transport Canada to carry passengers and cargo to all airports across the country as of June 11.
Vietnam Airlines is the first Vietnamese carrier to obtain this authorization after a rigorous process. The review process for Vietnam Airlines lasted four months.
The airline plans to launch repatriation flights to bring Vietnamese back to Canada home, as well as to transport Canadians and students who wish to study abroad to Canada. It will operate flights primarily to Toronto and Vancouver.
The airline will use its largest widebody – the Boeing 787 or the Airbus A350 for these flights. It will implement strict Covid-19 prevention measures on flights.
The first flight is scheduled to take off on June 30 to Toronto to bring home Vietnamese citizens stranded in the country.
The carrier has also received clearance from US authorities to conduct 12 repatriation flights this year, the first of which is scheduled for this month.
Vietnam Airlines was allowed to operate flights to Canada last year, but only for four months, from July to November.