13 provinces and cities have agreed to flight schedules of Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, of which Ba Ria - Vung Tau has agreed to reopen routes to Con Dao provided that guests can only stay at Six Sense Resort.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, by the afternoon of October 6, the Authority had received written responses from 16 provinces and cities.
13 provinces and cities have agreed the schedules, other three provinces "head shake"
In an official document sent to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam this afternoon, the People's Committee of Ba Ria - Vung Tau province have agreed the schedule to re-open domestic flights during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Welcoming the schedule to reopen domestic flights to Con Dao to serve the travel of its people and visitors in order to gradually reopen trade and economic recovery to ensure safe adaptation, flexibility and control Covid-19 pandemic effectively" - Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Ba Ria - Vung Tau province, Le Ngoc Khanh expressed in the document.
However, Mr. Khanh said that due to the limited medical infrastructure in terms of human and material resources and conditions related to ability to adapt and handle situations, to ensure the patient's ability to force to adapt safely, flexibly, effectively control the Covid-19 pandemic when opening services, business and trade.
The Provincial People's Committee is supporting and equipping Con Dao district with medical equipment and supplies; training personnel to enhance adaptability and handling situations when the pandemic spreads in the locality; and at the same time increase vaccine coverage for people in Con Dao.
With the goal of re-opening with safety, Mr. Khanh said the Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee has agreed on the policy of piloting to welcome visitors at the Six Senses Con Dao Resort from October 15.
Leaders of Ba Ria - Vung Tau Provincial People's Committee also suggested that the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam open domestic flights to Con Dao according to the plan to gradually reopen the economy, in the immediate future, according to the pilot program to welcome and serve visitors at the Six Senses Con Dao Resort from October 15.
Meanwhile, Mr. Pham S - Vice Chairman of Lam Dong Provincial People's Committee - said that the locality basically agreed with the plan to reopen flights from Lam Dong to/from Hanoi, Hai Phong, Nghe An, Thanh Hoa and Thua Thien Hue and Da Nang, however, have proposed not to re-open routes to/from Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho.
The People's Committee of Ca Mau province has also issued documents affirming its full support for the plan of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, among 16 provinces and cities that sent documents, 7 localities fully agreed with the plan, including: Dien Bien, Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen, Binh Dinh, Thanh Hoa, and Phu Quoc (Kien Giang province). Giang) and Ca Mau; 6 localities partly agreed including Ho Chi Minh City, Dak Lak, Nghe An and Thua Thien Hue, Lam Dong and Ba Ria - Vung Tau; The three localities have not yet agreed the plan, including Hanoi, Hai Phong and Gia Lai.
On the same day, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam also reported to the Ministry of Transport on the plan on regular domestic routes, including re-opening 10 domestic routes after obtaining the consent of both destinations. The routes will continue to be added upon approval of other localities.
Airlines selling domestic tickets
With the expected plan to restore passenger transport activities on some domestic routes from October 10. The airlines said that they will open ticket sales throughout systems including website, mobile application, official agents and ticket offices as soon as there is permission from the authorities.
On the evening of October 6, Vietnam Airlines and Pacific Airlines announced that they planned to restore round-trip flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Thanh Hoa, Nha Trang, Tuy Hoa, Quy Nhon, and Phu Quoc with a frequency of one flight per airline per day; between Ho Chi Minh City and Hue with one flight per week, the one-way flights from Vinh to Ho Chi Minh City with the frequency of two flights per week.
As for the remaining routes, the two airlines mentioned above said they are continuing to closely follow direction of the authorities on basis of reopening flights and ticket sales with consents of localities.
In the first phase of re-opening flights, passengers departing from Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Long An must take RNA test or rapid antigen test within 72 hours from time of sampling. They also have to perform self-monitoring of health at home for 7 days, perform 5K and test as prescribed.
Two above airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Pacific Airlines still apply strict measures such as checking passengers' body temperature, regularly disinfection of aircrafts and ground equipment... 100% of frontline forces directly serving passengers and cargo such as pilots, flight attendants and ground staff have also been vaccinated against Covid-19.
Because the plan may be changed according to the pandemic situation and the requirements of the authorities, Vietnam Airlines and Pacific Airlines have developed flexible refund and exchange policies for passengers. In particular, passengers who buy tickets of Vietnam Airlines in the period from now to October 31 will be exempted from change fee.
Currently, Vietjet and Bamboo Airways have no information on their plans to exploit domestic routes from October 10.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam are expected to re-open 10 routes on October 10, including: 5 routes from Ho Chi Minh City to Thanh Hoa / Khanh Hoa / Phu Yen / Binh Dinh / Phu Quoc and vice versa with a frequency of 4 flights/day, equally divided among 4 airlines including Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways and Pacific Airlines.
Three routes from Thanh Hoa to Khanh Hoa / Buon Ma Thuot / Phu Quoc and vice versa are operated with a frequency of one flight per day. The route Ho Chi Minh City - Hue and vice versa is operated with a frequency of one flight per week. The route Nghe An to Ho Chi Minh City is operated with 2 flights/week.