Five countries and territories – the United States, Japan, Singapore, Cambodia, and Taiwan – agreed to resume air routes to Vietnam, according to information published by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).
|Five countries and territories agreed to reopen flights with Vietnam |
Regular international flights started to reopen from January 1. For the Japan route, Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, and All Nippon Airways were granted the license for the resumption by the CAAV. The first flight will be launched by Vietnam Airlines on January 5, followed by Vietjet Air and All Nippon Airways on January 6.
Deputy Minister of Transport Le Anh Tuan said, “Flights from Japan could not start as early as January 1 because Japanese agencies were on New Year's holidays.”
The US had earlier permitted Vietnam Airlines to conduct non-stop flights to its destinations, making Vietnam Airlines the only air carrier to resume international commercial flights between the two countries. The resumption of the air routes started on January 1, and the scheme will be adjusted depending on COVID-19 prevention and control measures.
On the Taiwan route, for now, Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, and Bamboo Airways have been granted permission to fly to Taipei with four flights per week as the Ministry of Transport’s plan. However, Taiwan suggested raising the number of flights on each route in each direction to at least five per week.
Regarding the Singapore route, Vietnam Airlines will operate two flights per week while Vietjet Air will do so once a week.
Vietnam Airlines is the only carrier that has also been licensed to run four flights per week to Cambodia.
Regular international passenger flights will be reopened to areas with a high safety level, including Beijing and Guangzhou, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Singapore, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, and San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Besides this, the CAAV is negotiating with the aviation authorities of France, Germany, Russia, and Australia to reopen international routes to these markets with a frequency of seven flights per week.