Hanoi (VNA) – A flight carrying 121 passengers from Phnom Penh in Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh landed in the economic center of the south Tan Son Nhat International Airport on the evening of January 1, making it the first scheduled international operated by Vietnam Airlines after a hiatus of almost two years since the outbreak of the COVID-19[female[feminine pandemic.
Theft, coded VN852, followed Vietnam’s plan to reopen air routes to overseas destinations with high levels of security from the first day of 2022 with the aim of resuming international passenger transport and boosting economic recovery.
Interviewed by the correspondent of the Vietnamese news agency in Cambodia about the event, Uch Leang, acting director of the Department of Asian, African and Middle Eastern Studies at the Institute of International Relations of Cambodia, said that ‘such reopening was a firm and swift decision by the Vietnamese government given regional socio-economic recovery efforts.
Noting that Cambodia and Vietnam have strong ties regarding trade and investment, the travel needs of overseas Vietnamese to Cambodia, and the significant demand from Cambodians to travel to Vietnam for medical examination and treatment , the expert said he appreciates the plan to resume flights in an attempt to live safely with COVID-19.
After the Vietnam-Cambodia flight, Vietnam Airlines will fly between Vietnam and Japan on January 5 and between Vietnam and the United States on January 9.
Previously, it announced a plan to resume scheduled international flights between Vietnam and 15 countries and territories in the first half of 2022, which is expected to take place in two phases.
During phase 1, which is expected to last two weeks from January 1, the carrier will operate round-trip flights between Vietnam and the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan (China), Singapore, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.
During phase 2, Vietnam Airlines plans to restore more two-way links between Vietnam and the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, Australia, Hong Kong (China) and Malaysia.
The plan is subject to change depending on the approval of the competent authorities and the progress of the pandemic. /.