HCMC – The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) on August 30 wrote to domestic airlines, including Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways, Pacific Airlines and Vietravel Airlines, asking them to suspend the sale of tickets for domestic flights until further notice.
The requirement was made to ensure passengers’ safety amid the complicated developments of the Covid-19 pandemic, the local media reported, citing CAAV.
CAAV also requested airlines to continue reducing flights from/to cities and provinces practicing social distancing under the prime minister’s Directive 16.
According to CAAV, Hanoi, HCMC and many other localities are still practicing social distancing and even stricter anti-pandemic measures.
To strictly follow the directives of the prime minister and the Ministry of Transport and ensure customers’ benefit, CAAV asked airlines to refund the airfares to customers who have bought tickets issued after July 21.
On July 21, CAAV asked airlines to minimize commercial flights between localities practicing social distancing in line with Directive 16 and Hanoi and suspend passenger flights from Can Tho and Phu Quoc to Hanoi.
As for the HCMC-Hanoi air route, a maximum of two return flights are allowed per day, operated by Vietnam Airlines.
Airlines must report plans to operate flights serving the anti-pandemic fight to CAAV for consideration and approval.