HCMC – Vietnam Airlines announced on March 22 that it would temporarily suspend regular flights on the Hanoi-Moscow air route, starting from March 25 until further notice.
According to the national flag carrier, the suspension is aimed at reviewing and clarifying procedures, requirements and regulations related to the aircraft insurance and the operation of flights to Russia, the local media reported.
As for passengers who have bought tickets for flights on the route, Vietnam Airlines will offer refunds or change tickets to other flights on the route once it reopens. The airline recommended that passengers regularly get updates about the air route.
Vietnam Airlines, the only local air carrier to operate regular flights to Russia, affirmed that it would work with the relevant agencies to reopen the air route at the earliest possibility.
The airline had just reopened the route between Hanoi and Moscow early this year after nearly two years of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The number of passengers on the route has been high thanks to the high demand from Russians to travel to Vietnam and from overseas Vietnamese to travel and transport cargo.
Last week, a Vietnamese travel company announced the suspension of charter flights transporting Russian tourists to Vietnam as the Russian Government had recommended its airlines limit flights to other countries after the United States and western countries imposed economic sanctions on Russia.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam had also affirmed that Vietnamese air carriers’ flights to Europe had not been affected by the Russia-Ukraine military conflict. However, the authority asked local airlines to keep a close watch on the situation and adjust flight schedules to ensure safety.