Vietnam resumes flights to 20 countries, prepares to welcome international tourists in March

Vietjet Air pilots and crew. Credit: Vietjet Air.

Vietnam has reopened air routes to 20 countries and regions in an effort to resume socio-economic activities – compared to 28 in the 2019 winter flight schedule pre-pandemic – a transport official says.

The Vietnam Ministry of Transport says the resumed routes included those to Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, the Vietnam News Agency reported Tuesday.

Air routes have not yet resumed to these 8 destinations: Myanmar, Indonesia, Brunei, India, Switzerland, Italy and Finland.

Currently, there are 370 international flights to or from Vietnam per week each way, the transport ministry says, compared to a high of 4,185 in the 2019 winter flight schedule.

Meanwhile, 6 local airlines are operating 56 domestic air routes with 2,570 flights per week each way. That’s still down 2 routes and 217 flights from the pre-pandemic schedule in 2019.

The airlines include Vietjet Air, Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines, Vietravel Airlines, Bamboo Airways and Vasco.

Although road and railway transportation has essentially returned to normal, passengers remain hesitant with concerns about the pandemic.

On February 15, Vietnamese aviation authorities officially lifted all restrictions on the frequency of international flights.

It’s the first time the civil aviation network has resumed normal operations since the pandemic began 2 years ago.

Meanwhile, local government authorities are working on a plan to fully reopen the Vietnamese border for international tourists and travelers on March 15.

SOURCE: Vietnam News Agency | Xinhua news Agency


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