HCMC – Flight services on domestic routes will return to normal on May 4 at Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province after a temporary suspension due to Covid-19.
The service resumption is expected to meet travel demand among the local people as the coronavirus outbreak in Vietnam is gradually brought under control and social distancing measures are eased, said Pham Ngoc Sau, director of the airport.
Specifically, local budget carrier Vietjet will offer daily services on the Van Don-HCMC route from May 4.
National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines from May 16 will operate four weekly flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on the same route; while another local airline, Bamboo Airways, is set to operate one daily flight from June 1.
One more domestic route linking Van Don with the central city of Danang will be reopened from May 16, with three weekly Vietnam Airlines flights scheduled for Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The airport is working on a plan to launch another domestic route connecting Van Don with Phu Quoc or Nha Trang in the last quarter of the year.
Also, it has expedited efforts to roll out international routes for chartered flights to Van Don. Routes from Chinese and South Korean destinations to Van Don are expected to be launched early in the last quarter of this year when the pandemic in these countries is brought under control and international flights are permitted to resume, Sau said.
Besides this, measures to prevent and control Covid-19 transmission at Van Don airport remain in place. Travelers have to wear face masks and have their body temperatures checked. Hand sanitizers are available at the airport. Airport staff will instruct travelers to apply preventive measures against Covid-19 and will monitor their compliance with social distancing rules.