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CAAV proposes extending Van Don airport's closing until March 3
By Lan Nhi
Friday,  Feb 19, 2021,16:31 (GMT+7)

CAAV proposes extending Van Don airport's closing until March 3

By Lan Nhi

CAAV has proposed that the Ministry of Transport continue closing the Van Don International Airport until March 3 - PHOTO: VNA

HANOI - The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has written to the Ministry of Transport proposing extending the closing of the Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province until March 3 as the risk of Covid-19 community transmission remains high.

The airport has been closed since an airport staff member tested positive for Covid-19 in late January. It was originally scheduled to resume operations on February 21. Some 300 workers at the airport have tested negative for Covid-19 and are self-quarantining at home.

However, CAAV chairman Dinh Viet Thang suggested the Ministry of Transport continue closing Van Don until March 3 to make sure the airport is safe for staff and passengers.

During the Lunar New Year holiday (Tet), while the Van Don International Airport was closed, other major airports in the country saw steep falls in passengers as large numbers of Tet revelers scrapped their plans to travel due to coronavirus infection fears and rigorous social distancing and quarantine measures taken by some provinces. 

The Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC operated only 3,400 flights carrying 256,000 passengers, falling 44.5% and 71.3% year-on-year, respectively.

The Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi served just 136,000 passengers, down 74.8% compared with the same period last year. The number of flights also dropped 51.3%.

Similarly, the respective numbers of flights and passengers at the Danang International Airport fell 73.8% and 86.2% year-on-year.

CAAV also suggested the Ministry of Transport prioritize vaccination for airport employees who often come into close contact with many passengers.

CAAV proposed that the Government and the Ministry of Transport assign local airlines to transport the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccine, which is scheduled to arrive in Vietnam late this month.

The Ministry of Health has licensed the importation of the first 204,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca, which are expected to arrive on February 28. The license has been awarded to AstraZeneca Vietnam.

British drugmaker AstraZeneca has committed to providing Vietnam some 30 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine this year

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