Capital to resume domestic flights from Oct 10

10/09/2021 10:00 AM

VGP – The local authorities of Ha Noi has agreed to resume air travel from Oct 10 with 38 flights per week, including the daily Ha Noi-Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi-Da Nang return flights.

Noi Bai international airport is opened for domestic travellers - Illustration photo

Of the flights to be operated from Oct 10 to Oct 20 under the Ministry of Transport’s pilot scheme, there are 14 return flights daily between Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Binh Dinh, Danang, Thua Thien-Hue, Khanh Hoa, Nghe An, Phu Yen, Quang Binh, Quang Nam, Thanh Hoa, Haiphong, Phu Quoc, Gia Lai, and Rach Gia.

The remaining are one return Hanoi-HCMC, Hanoi-Da Nang, Da Nang-Can Tho, Da Nang-Dak Lak, and Thanh Hoa-Lam Dong.

The Ha Noi-Can Tho route is under consideration.

The resumption of domestic flights must be cautious with a specific plan and route, said a representative of the Ha Noi’s Department of Transport.

Hanoi has eased Covid-19 restrictions since Sept 21 and the city is now in the new normal. However, it is cautious about the possible widespread transmission of SARS-CoV-2 if flights to the city are resumed, and place a greater burden on its quarantine facilities.

Eligible air passengers are doubled doses or recovered Covid-19 patients with negative testing results within 72 hours.

Since mid-July, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) suspended all domestic flights to the south due to widespread transmission in the region, including HCMC. In late August, it halted all domestic flights nationwide except for those with the anti-pandemic missions.