The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed closing Van Don International Airport until March 3.
|CAAV proposed keeping Van Don International Airport closed until the beginning of March |
The CAAV director general Dinh Viet Thang has just sent a document to the Ministry of Transport proposing to extend the temporary suspension of operations of Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh province from 12 pm of February 21 to 6 am March 3.
Accordingly, in order to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic as well as implement the requests of the prime minister, the Ministry of Transport, and Quang Ninh provincial People's Committee, all employees and staff of Van Don International Airport will have to go into self-isolation until the end of March 2.
Previously, the Ministry of Transport decided to close Van Don International Airport for 15 days after the discovery of Patient 1,553, a security officer at the airport. The airport has temporarily halted operations since January 29.
Since then, Quang Ninh province has reported 10 new COVID-19 cases, also staff from the airport and relevant agencies like Skypec, the air traffic control tower. Van Don International Airport has become a concentrated isolation area for 132 people.
The CAAV proposed the Ministry of Transport to make sure all ll 160 staff of Van Don International Airport test negative for COVID-19 three times before resuming operations next month.
Van Don International Airport (also known as Quang Ninh International Airport) is the first private airport in Vietnam, built and operated by local property development company Sun Group. This group received the license to run Van Don airport, after the original licensee, Joinus Land Development and Investment, was found to be too slow in execution.