Hanoi (VNA) – The first scheduled flight between the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Vietnam, which was operated by the national airline after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19[female[feminine pandemic, landed safely at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi at 12:43 p.m. on January 6.
Flight VN417 carrying 63 passengers took off from Incheon International Airport in Seoul.
Nguyen Huy Duc, head of Vietnam Airlines branch in the Republic of Korea, said Vietnamese airlines is the first Vietnamese carrier to take over scheduled flights between the two countries. There is a strong demand for returning to the country of origin, especially when Tet (Lunar new year) approach, he said.
At first, Vietnam Airlines will operate two flights a week between Seoul and Hanoi, but the carrier is ready to add more flights if allowed.
To ensure flight safety, the airline always strictly adheres to regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control, he said.
Pham Thi Luong, a passenger on the flight, said she was happy to return to Vietnam after two years. It was easy to buy the ticket and complete the necessary procedures so that people would feel safe to return to their home countries to reunite with loved ones during the Tet holiday, she said.
The flight is part of a plan to restore regular international flights with a high level of safety, starting January 1, 2022, which has been approved by the government.
This policy aims to restore international passenger transport activities, promote economic recovery and tourism as well as create conditions for Vietnamese citizens to return home to celebrate the Lunar New Year./.