The Vietnam Civil Aviation Authority (CAAV) has expanded the number of regular international passenger flights between Vietnam and four Asian destinations.
Carriers will be able to add more international flights to their itineraries after a CAAV declaration on January 16, 2022.
Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways, and Pacific Airlines have been given permission to expand flying frequency on routes to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore to 14 flights per week.
Meanwhile, the airlines will be able to fly 10 flights per week to Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos, as well as four flights per week to China and the United States.
The CAAV further stated that until January 20, 2022, Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways, and Pacific Airlines must design flight routes and report to the authority. Flight slots will be revoked and reallocated to other carriers if this does not happen.
The decision is part of a plan to gradually resume international flights that was approved by Vietnam’s government on January 1, 2022.
During the Lunar New Year, the CAAV anticipates a significant demand for international passenger services.
The authority has also been in talks with various aviation agencies throughout the world about the possibility of renewing flights and increasing their frequency.
“It can be seen that people’s travel demand from HCM City to localities throughout the country during the Lunar New Year has increased again and needs to be met,” Dinh Viet Thang, director of the CAAV, told media.
The Vietnamese government is currently working to restore air connectivity between Vietnam and France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Russia.
This action, however, must be approved by Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport.