Flights to southern provinces curtailed as Covid-19 spreads

By Doan Loan   July 18, 2021 | 09:30 pm GMT+7
Flights to southern provinces curtailed as Covid-19 spreads
An aircraft prepares to land at HCMC's Tan Son Nhat Airport. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.
All flights to Ca Mau and Rach Gia airports will be suspended from July 19 to August 1, and the number of flights to several southern provinces will be cut.

The two airports are in the southern provinces of Ca Mau and Kien Giang. Civil aviation authorities said Sunday that the Hanoi-Phu Quoc and Hanoi-Can Tho routes will have one flight a day.

The 13 flights a day on the HCMC-Hanoi route will still be maintained to meet the demand of many people trying to return to Hanoi from HCMC, they added.

One to two flights can be operated on routes from HCMC to localities like Da Nang, Quy Nhon, Cam Ranh and Buon Ma Thuot.

A representative of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said flights to southern provinces and cities will bestrictly supervised. Air carriers and airports will be facilitated in transporting people who want to return to their hometowns from HCMC and other southern localities.

All passengers on domestic flights will have to test negative for Covid-19. Major airports like Noi Bai in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat in HCMC have the Covid-19 testing service.

Based on proposals from localities, the CAAV has stopped operating flights from HCMC to Thanh Hoa, Hai Phong and Quang Ninh. The Hanoi-HCMC route will be the only one connecting the north and the south.

Since the new wave began in late April, Vietnam has recorded 50,150 domestic Covid-19 cases. Nineteen southern provinces will impose social distancingcampaigns, starting Monday.

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