Paris (VNA) – The national airline Vietnam Airlines has officially reopened direct services between France and Vietnam, with the first commercial flight after almost two years of interruption due to the COVID-19[female[feminine pandemic from Paris on January 25, just a week before Tet (Lunar New Year) – Vietnam’s biggest and longest holiday.
It was one of the first two flights operated by Vietnam Airlines after it was announced to resume scheduled flights between Vietnam and Europe. Flight VN18 carried 294 passengers, more than half of whom were from London, UK, while the rest were from France.
The other was flight VN36 to Hanoi from Frankfurt in Germany on the same day.
“Vietnamese living in France have been looking forward to this moment for a very long time,” Vuong Huu Nhan, president of the Vietnamese Association in France, told the Vietnam News Agency, “because everyone yearns to return home. him and seeing his family and friends.”
This is the first step to resume normal travel between France and Vietnam, said Mai Nam Thang, a Vietnamese living in Normandy. He expressed his excitement to be able to return to Vietnam for Tet, saying that “for Vietnamese people living in France like us, this is a very significant event as Tet approaches.”
According to a Foreign Ministry estimate, about 140,000 overseas Vietnamese wish to return home for Tet. The weekly number of arrivals in Vietnam is expected to exceed 30,000, not only Vietnamese but also foreigners who come to Vietnam on diplomatic missions, for official reasons or for business purposes.
Vietnamese airlines have so far restarted scheduled services to 12 countries and territories, namely the United States, Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Taiwan (China), Australia, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.
From February 8, the schedule of flights to the United Kingdom, France and Germany will be fixed on two routes. Flights on the first route depart every Tuesday from Hanoi to London, via Frankfurt and back to Hanoi, while those on the second depart every Thursday from Hanoi to Paris, via Frankfurt and back to Hanoi.
The national carrier also advises passengers to inquire about and ensure they meet immigration regulations at their destination, such as health declaration, COVID-19 testing, vaccination or recovery status. /.