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Local airlines ordered to stop domestic flight ticket sales

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has written to local airlines, including Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines, Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways and Vietravel Airlines, asking them to halt ticket sales for domestic flights until further notice.

The Ministry of Transport is mapping out a plan for the operation of passenger transport services after provinces and cities ease anti-pandemic measures. As such, the authority ordered the air carriers to stop ticket sales until the ministry issues an official plan, the local media reported.

Under the draft plan for the operation of air passenger transport services, the ministry presented two solutions in terms of flight frequency.

The first solution has four phases set to be conducted 10 days apart. In the first phase, the flight frequency on each route must not exceed 50% compared with that of the first 10 days of April this year.

The flight frequency must not exceed 70%, with a physical distance between seats in the second phase, while in the third phase, the flight frequency must not exceed 70%, but without any physical distance between seats. In the fourth phase, when the pandemic is completely brought under control, airlines can operate as normal.

As for new air routes and routes with one daily flight, the airlines can operate one flight per day in phases 1, 2 and 3.

Under the second solution, four phases will also be carried out 10 days apart. The flight frequency in the first, second and fourth phases will be similar to those of the first solution, while in the third phase, the flight frequency must not exceed that of the first 10 days of April 2021.

The airlines can operate one flight per day on each of the new air routes and routes with one daily flight in phases 1 and 2.

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