HANOI, November 3, 2021: Despite peaks in Covid-19 infections in Vietnam, two national airlines announced this week that they will launch long-haul services to the UK and UK

Local media reported that Vietnam Airlines planned to resume flights to the United States at the end of the month while Bamboo Airlines, a relatively new airline, claims to have applied for rights to fly to the United Kingdom.

According to the Vietnamese News Agency, citing an airline statement, the US Transportation Security Administration has given Vietnam Airlines the green light after a recent security audit check. It opens the door for the national airline to provide commercial services from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City to San Francisco International Airport in California.

Flights to SFO will begin once the Federal Aviation Administration issues an operating license.

Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways already had permits to offer ad hoc charter flights to and from the United States and the United Kingdom for repatriation purposes since the Covid-19 epidemic in March 2020.

Meanwhile, Bamboo Airways announced its decision to launch direct Vietnam-UK flights during Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s visit to COP26, the climate change summit underway this week in Glasgow, Scotland.

According to VNExpress, “Bamboo Airways chairman Trinh Van Quyet said direct flights could begin as early as this year once the resumption of commercial flights between the two countries is approved.

The airline said it plans to operate six flights per week between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and London, a flight lasting around 12 hours on a Boeing Dreamliner 787-9.

The airline has signed a ground handling agreement with APG UK, to provide representation for passengers and freight.


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