Vietnam Airlines resumes flights to Da Nang

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Vietnam Airlines will resume operations to and from Da Nang, Vietnam on September 7. Initial routes will be to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, two of the airline’s largest hubs, which offer connections across the world, although currently flights are limited to domestic operations only.

Vietnam Airlines will return to Da Nang after a brief suspension of operations. Photo: Vietnam Airlines

Resumption of Da Nang operations

From September 7 to 10, Vietnam Airlines operates a daily round trip flight between Hanoi (HAN) and Da Nang (DAD). Another flight will operate between Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) and Da Nang. Flight schedules after September 11 will be decided in due course based on updates and approval from the authorities managing the health situation.

On these routes, Vietnam Airlines will fly an Airbus A321. It is one of the airline’s national workhorses and performs a large portion of the carrier’s domestic and short-haul regional operations.

The A321 is available in three different configurations. One has 16 reclining-style business class seats in a 2-2 configuration, followed by 162 economy class seats in a 3-3 configuration for a total of 178 seats. Another has the same configuration and number of seats in business class with six additional seats in economy class for a maximum capacity of 184 passengers. Finally, another configuration has eight reclining business class style seats with 195 coach seats for a maximum capacity of 203.

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Vietnam Airlines will use an Airbus A321 on these routes. Photo: Vietnam Airlines

Changes to the flight experience

At the request of the Ministry of Transport, Vietnam Airlines will space passengers to reduce the possibility of viral spread on board its planes. This will come alongside the airline’s existing disinfection and cleaning policies, while requiring passengers to make health claims, undergo temperature checks and wear a mask on board the plane.

Vietnam Airlines is also reducing its in-flight services to make them more streamlined and further prevent virus transmission between passengers and crew, or vice versa.

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Vietnam Airlines will space passengers on board while requiring them to wear a mask. Photo: Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Airlines in Da Nang

Vietnam Airlines has always been a major player in Da Nang with domestic and international flights. However, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam Airlines suspended international operations in accordance with the country’s official guidelines and policies.

At the start of the pandemic, Vietnam Airlines was not operating all of its domestic routes. However, by June, the carrier had resumed 100% of its domestic operations and even increased a little more.

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Vietnam Airlines is an important player in Da Nang. Photo: Getty Images

But, things changed at the end of the summer with the second wave of COVID-19 that hit Da Nang. Vietnam, which has been widely praised around the world for its swift handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, has closed the city and has made efforts to evacuate existing tourists. Vietnam Airlines also got involved and even used an Airbus A350 to fly people still stranded in Da Nang.

Da Nang is a major tourism hub, and with the COVID-19 pandemic closing international borders, Vietnamese citizens have traveled extensively and airlines are offering plenty of low-cost specials to encourage tourism.

Are you itching to travel to Da Nang? Do you think this is a good step forward? Let us know in the comments!

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