Flights to Hanoi must be approved by local authorities
The Hanoi People's Committee has replied to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam’s (CAAV) dispatch on the reopening of domestic flights to and from the capital city.
Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi.
According to the document sent to the CAAV on October 4, Hanoi did not specify whether it agreed or not with the plan to re-operate domestic air routes to and from the city proposed by the CAAV.
The city asked the CAAV to clarify the criteria for passengers traveling by air. They must come from green (epidemic free) areas. Passengers in the areas with epidemic at level 3, level 4 need to get permission from the authorities of departure and reception of the authorities of destination.
For people currently living in Ho Chi Minh City and the provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Long An (Vietnam’s covid-19 epicenters), they are temporarily not allowed to move to other localities in accordance with the Prime Minister’s dispatch dated September 30 and HCM City’s dispatch dated October 1.
Hanoi also asked the CAAV to clarify the plan to arrange transportation for passengers to/from Hanoi’s Noi Bai international airport with localities where guests go to and from to ensure the prevention and control of the Covid-19 epidemic in accordance with regulations of localities and to ensure that passengers depart from the Noi Bai international airport are welcomed by localities.
The city asked the CAAV to clarify the coordination mechanism with the local health authorities to ensure that air passengers are subject to quarantine and set specific quarantine measures.
The capital city proposed that CAAV only organize flights to and from Noi Bai international airport after reporting to the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Health and obtaining written agreement from the People's Committee of Hanoi and neighboring provinces and cities in order to ensure absolute safety for the capital.
At the same time, ten provinces and cities have agreed with the CAAV's draft plan on resuming domestic flights following the relaxation of social distancing measures.
The CCAV earlier sought opinions of 19 cities and provinces on this draft plan, comprising Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Quang Ninh, Nghe An, Dien Bien, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Binh, Quang Nam, Dak Lak, Gia Lai, Lam Dong, Phu Yen, Binh Dinh, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Khanh Hoa, Kien Giang and Ca Mau.
Of those which agree the provinces of Dien Bien, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Binh Dinh, and Thanh Hoa, fully supported the plan.
Nghe An will allow the operation of two-way flights between the central province and both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, with a frequency of two flights per week.
In March 2020, there were only three flights in the skies of Vietnam. In July and August 2021, there were no flights at all.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, the Ministry of Health supports the idea that passengers only need to get at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine or have a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 to be allowed to fly.