A Vietnam Airlines plane (Photo: VietnamPlus)
The recovery will be done in two phases and will depend on the approval of the relevant agencies.
In the first phase, which is expected to start on January 1 next year and last about two weeks, the national airline will operate round-trip flights between Vietnam and the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan (China), Singapore, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.
Each route will have one to four flights per week, and frequency will gradually increase based on passenger demand and anti-pandemic requirements.
Meanwhile, the company is set to reopen air links connecting the country to the UK, France, Germany, Russia, Australia, Hong Kong (China) and China. Malaysia in the second phase.
In an online chat on Dec. 23, Vietnam National Tourism Administration Director General Nguyen Trung Khanh said that if the country lags behind in resuming international flights, it will lose chances not only to attract tourists, but also to recover other sectors, including the aviation industry.
He noted that over the past nearly two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an extremely negative impact on all aspects, with tourism and aviation being among the first to be hit hard. These two sectors are expected to continue to face many difficulties in the years to come.
The reopening of international commercial flights is urgently needed, especially during the year-end period when people, especially overseas Vietnamese, have a high demand to return to their home countries, added the manager.
Vietjet AIr plans to resume international flights on January 1, 2022
With permission from the countries’ authorities, low-cost carrier Vietjet Air plans to reopen scheduled international flights from January 1 next year.
These flights will be operated on routes connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (Republic of Korea), Taipei (Taiwan – China), Singapore and Bangkok (Thailand).
In the first stage beginning in January, all routes will see one return flight operated per week. The number of flights will be increased gradually based on passenger demand and approval from relevant management agencies to ensure effective pandemic prevention.
In the next step, the airline plans to resume all international routes to countries in the region and further afield to India and Russia.
Flight schedules are published on Vietjet Air’s official website www.vietjetair.com, its smartphone application, Facebook page www.facebook.com/vietjetvietnam and official ticket offices and agents.
The resumption will follow the guidelines and requirements of the countries concerned, with passengers being advised to seriously comply with regulations on pandemic prevention and entry and exit procedures./