Pilot resumption of domestic flights to take off Sunday

By Viet Tuan   October 8, 2021 | 10:35 pm GMT+7
Pilot resumption of domestic flights to take off Sunday
Aircraft park at Noi Bai Airport, Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh
The government has approved a pilot reopening of several domestic air routes starting Oct. 10 with further adjustments being made later.

From Oct. 10-20, there will be 23 return flights every day, 10 of them from HCMC to other localities, six from Hanoi, four from Da Nang and three from Thanh Hoa, according to the domestic flight resumption plan presented by Le Anh Tuan, Deputy Minister of Transport, at an online meeting Friday.

Passengers can take the flights if they are fully vaccinated with the last dose administered at least two weeks before the flight; or if they are Covid-19 patients who have recovered at least six months prior.

All passengers are also required to take Covid-19 tests 72 hours before their flights with negative results.

When moving from the airport to their accommodation and during their stay, passengers have to strictly follow Covid-19 prevention guidelines.

The Hanoi People's Committee has proposed a seven-day quarantine for passengers after they return at the city's quarantine centers or at designated hotels.

Aviation authorities had late August asked carriers to stop selling tickets for domestic flights until further notice. Cargo flights and those carrying coronavirus frontline forces have remained functional.

During the fourth coronavirus wave that began in late April, the country has recorded over 827,000 infections.

National borders were closed and all international flights stopped in March last year and are yet to resume.

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