Vietnam Airlines resumes international flight operations after COVID-19 lockdown

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

20th Sep, 2020. 09:12 am
Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Airlines flew its first commercial international flight since March after restrictions uplifted amid the coronavirus outbreak.

According to the details,  The airline flew a Boeing 787-10 from Hanoi to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport with nearly sixty passengers.

Reportedly the flight lasted approximately five hours and 15 minutes. Onboard the aircraft were 60 passengers, most of whom were international students, people who live in Japan, and those who hold work in Japan.

It also served to repatriate some Japanese citizens. Not to mention, in the hold, Vietnam Airlines carried some essential cargo.

Passengers on board the flight could only enter Japan if they had a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure, report travel history within 14 days, and download a contact tracing app to help the Japanese government slow the spread.

Previously Vietnam Airlines announced to reduce flights between Vietnam and Europe due to the deadly outbreak of coronavirus.

Vietnam Airlines said it is temporarily reducing the number of flights between Vietnam and Europe by 14 flights per week.

This reduction includes its routes from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to London, Paris, and Frankfurt.

The airlines currently operate a total of 27 round-trip flights per week between Vietnam and London, Paris, and Frankfurt.

The Vietnamese national airline said it is the only carrier that operates direct flights between Vietnam and Europe at the moment.

It added that it will “promptly” resume its lights to Europe “once the epidemic situation has stabilized”.

The airline said it is now conducting body temperature checks prior to boarding for every passenger departing from Europe and providing them with face masks to use during the flight.

It will also disinfect all aircraft used on international flights and aircraft in which passengers have recorded “abnormal” health symptoms.

The airline said it also advises passengers to sit in one place and restrict unnecessary communication and movement throughout the cabin.

The Vietnamese government decided to unilaterally suspend visa exemptions for nine European nations, including Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

On the other hand, US President Donald Trump also announced the suspension of all travel to 26 Schengen countries in Europe, with the UK unaffected.

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