Vietjet Airlines is cooperating with Da Nang government authorities and Ministry of Health (MoH) officials to operate four flights on Thursday and Friday of this week that will allow people stranded in Da Nang to return to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
According to a Vietjet spokesman, there will be two flights from Da Nang to Hanoi and two flights from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City. In order to utilize airport and health staff efficiently, flights to both cities will depart from Da Nang at 9am and 4pm.
These are Vietjet’s first domestic flights that will repatriate passengers locally due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The passengers on these flights are tourists, including many families with children who have been stranded in Da Nang due the social distancing orders in the city which came into effect with the latest Covid-19 outbreak.
Upon their arrival in either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, both passengers and the airline cabin crew fro each flight will be required to undergo health examinations and follow local quarantine requirements.
Previously, Vietjet has operated multiple flights that have repatriated overseas Vietnamese from all around the world back to Vietnam and the airline has also transported thousands of tons of medical equipment and other essential goods for pandemic prevention.
To support government efforts to control the Covid-19 virus, the airline has also provided free transportation for doctors and medical staff to locations throughout the country, as these essential medical personnel have been needed.
According to the airline, as of July, Vietjet had brought approximately 10,000 Vietnamese citizens home safely from Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand.
All of the Da Nang to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City flights this week will be operated are in line with global standards and guidelines from Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Health Organisation in order to ensure the health and safety of passengers, crew and the general community.