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Several localities agree to resume domestic flights

By Y.Minh

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HCMC – Eleven cities and provinces had as of October 5 responded to a draft plan on resuming domestic flights, of which, eight agreed with the draft plan, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).

Dien Bien, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Binh Dinh, Thanh Hoa and Daklak threw their support behind the draft plan.

Nghe An proposed resuming only one air route from the province to Hanoi and HCMC with a frequency of two return flights per week instead of seven air routes with 19 flights as proposed by CAAV.

HCMC agreed with the draft plan but suggested arranging some return flights per week to the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi to meet the travel demand between the southern key economic zone and the northern localities.

Meanwhile, Hanoi proposed CAAV report to the Ministry of Transport the plan to resume flights from/to the city during the pandemic, and consult with the governments of Hanoi and its neighboring localities on reopening such flights.

Hanoi also proposed clarifying the requirements for passengers, and delaying the transportation of passengers from HCMC, Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Long An to other localities.

In addition, Haiphong said the resumption of flights from/to the port city should be further delayed, while Gia Lai Province said flights from/to the province will only be considered after October 15.

CAAV on October 1 sought the opinions of 19 cities and provinces where airports are located on gradually resuming domestic flights. Accordingly, 385 return flights per day are expected to be resumed.

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