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Vietnam's first int'l commercial flight in six months takes off

By Giang Huy   September 19, 2020 | 01:05 am PT
A Hanoi-Tokyo flight, Vietnam's first international commercial flight after six months of suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic, carried over 100 passengers to Japan Saturday morning.
The one-way flight operated by Vietnam Airlines was the first international commercial flight to Japan to be resumed after more than six months of suspension due to Covid-19 impacts. Passenger flights from Japan to Vietnam would only recommence after approval from relevant authorities.

The one-way flight, operated by Vietnam Airlines with passengers queueing up from 3:30 a.m., from Noi Bai airport to Narita airport took off at 6:30 a.m.
This is the country's first routine international flight since late March. Some previous international flights were arranged by Vietnam's government and its counterparts.

Passengers on the flight mainly were Vietnamese students and export workers. Vietnamese, numbering nearly 412,000 last year, are the third largest group of foreigners in Japan after Chinese and South Koreans, according to Japans Justice Ministry. Japan is Vietnams largest labor market, receiving around 80,000 Vietnamese in 2019, the latters official data shows.

Passengers on the flight mainly included Vietnamese students and guest workers.
Vietnamese are the third largest group of foreigners in Japan after Chinese and South Koreans, numbering nearly 412,000 last year, according to Japan's Justice Ministry. Japan is Vietnam's largest labor market, receiving around 80,000 Vietnamese in 2019, the latter's official data shows.

In addition to required documents such as passports, visas, passengers need to show a certificate confirming they tested negative for novel coronavirus issued within three days before departure. Vietnam Airlines only accepts the result from Hospital 108 or the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology.

In addition to required documents like passports and visas, passengers need to show a certificate confirming they tested negative for the novel coronavirus issued within three days before departure. Vietnam Airlines only accepts the result from the Military Hospital 108 or the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, both based in Hanoi.

A staff of Vietnam Airlines instructs passengers to install health declaration apps when they come to Japan and check coronavirus testing certificate.

Vietnam Airlines staff instructs passengers to install health declaration apps and checks coronavirus testing certificates.

Le Thi Hong Loi waits for procedures through airport security gate. Loi said she came to Japan to work for a company manufacturing components for businesses. Flying to Japan for the first time, I was a bit worried due to the Covid-19 situation although I had prepared for everything to come, she said.

Le Thi Hong Loi waits to proceed through airport security. Loi said she was traveling to Japan to work for a manufacturing company.
"Flying to Japan for the first time, I was a bit worried due to the Covid-19 situation although I have prepared for every eventuality," she said.

Before boarding, many passengers wear protective clothing to ensure anti-pandemic prevention although it is not mandatory.Vietnam Airlines will organize two other flights from Hanoi to Tokyo on September 25 and 30, as well as one from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on September 30, the national flag carrier stated.

Before boarding, many passengers wore protective clothing to ensure anti-pandemic prevention although not mandatory.
Vietnam Airlines will organize two other flights from Hanoi to Tokyo on September 25 and 30, as well as one from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on September 30, the national flag carrier stated.
Passenger flights from Japan to Vietnam would only recommence after approval from relevant authorities.

Passengers wear face masks and sit apart at least one meter to limit the risk of infection.

Passengers wear face masks and sit at least one meter apart to limit the risk of infection.

The flight crew has 14 people, including 10 flight attendants and four pilots.

The flight crew had 14 members - 10 flight attendants and four pilots.

Upon returning to Vietnam, the entire crew will be have their health checked and undergo 14-day quarantine as per the health ministrys protocol. according to regulations. Over the past months, Vietnam Airlines also organized many repatriation flights to Japan to carry thousands of Vietnamese workers and students home.

Upon returning to Vietnam, the entire crew will have their health checked and undergo 14-day quarantine as per Health Ministry protocol.
Over the past months, Vietnam Airlines has organized many repatriation flights to carry thousands of Vietnamese workers and students home from Japan.

The flight took off at 6:30 a.m.Vietnam suspended all international flights on March 25. The government has allowed the resumption of commercial flights to six Asian destinations, including Japans Tokyo. However, aviation authorities are working to finalize Covid-19 testing procedures and ensure there are sufficient quarantine facilities and medical staff to receive foreign passengers.

The flight took off at 6:30 a.m.
Vietnam suspended all international flights on March 25. The government has allowed the resumption of commercial flights to seven Asian destinations, including Japan. Aviation authorities are working to finalize Covid-19 testing procedures and ensure there are sufficient quarantine facilities and medical staff to receive foreign passengers.

 
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