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CAAV weighs resumption of domestic flights

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) yesterday, October 1, wrote to 19 provinces and cities to collect their feedback on a CAAV plan to restart regular domestic flights from October 5.

Domestic passenger flights, especially between major cities of the country, have been disrupted by the major spike in Covid-19 cases, induced by the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant, since late April.

According to a dispatch signed by Vo Huy Cuong, deputy head of CAAV, the national aviation authority proposed operating 132 daily round-trip flights between HCMC and 18 other cities and provinces, 23 daily flights between Danang and 10 localities, 23 daily flights between the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong and eight localities, and 20 daily flights between Haiphong and 11 localities.

There would also be 3-20 round-trip flights operated per day on each route from Thanh Hoa, Can Tho, Nghe An, Daklak, Khanh Hoa, Dien Bien and many others to other provinces and cities nationwide.

CAAV said the resumption of domestic air travel is in line with the Ministry of Transport’s guidelines issued on September 30 on passenger transport by road, rail, inland waterway, sea and air.

The feedback of the provinces and cities where airports are located will provide a foundation for CAAV to license domestic flights to these localities.

CAAV in the dispatch proposed operating flights to and from the capital city of Hanoi but it did not send the dispatch to Hanoi, as the capital city had earlier sought the prime minister’s approval for not operating passenger flights to and from Hanoi for the time being.

However, CAAV still collected feedback from other localities on flights linking to Hanoi to increase the proactivity in developing the flight schedule once Hanoi readies for the resumption of flights.

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