Air service on HCMC-Van Don route set to resume
A Vietnam Airlines aircraft takes off. The national flag carrier will resume flight operations on the HCMC-Van Don route starting from March 3 – PHOTO: COURTESY OF VIETNAM AIRLINES
HCMC – Vietnam Airlines will resume flight operations on the HCMC-Van Don route starting from March 3, as the Covid-19 outbreak in Quang Ninh Province, where the Van Don International Airport is located, has been brought under control.
This is the first local carrier to announce its plan to resume flights to Van Don since the outbreak hit Quang Ninh, reported Nguoi Lao Dong Online.
The national flag carrier will operate one weekly flight on the route on Wednesdays between March 3 and 17 and plans to increase it to three flights per week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from March 18 to December 31 this year.
The flights will depart from HCMC at 1 p.m. and from Van Don at 3:45 p.m.
The carrier is offering special ticket prices starting from VND33,000 per leg (equivalent to VND507,000 per leg including taxes and fees) for the first three flights on the route between March 3 and 17.
From the fourth flight onward, which will be operated from March 18 to the end of the year, the airfare will start from VND109,000 (or VND590,000 including taxes and fees) for trips taken from March 18 to June 30.
Earlier, the Ministry of Transport decided to shut down the Van Don airport in 15 days from January 29 to February 13 to combat Covid-19, as an airport security staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.
The ministry later extended the airport’s closure to February 21 and then to March 3.
During the recent Lunar New Year holiday, the Vietnam Airlines Group operated 6,050 flights carrying nearly 800,000 passengers, while all of the local airlines operated a total number of 14,400 flights with over 1.7 million passengers.
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