Domestic flights reopen from October 1

VOV.VN - Domestic flights officially resumed on October 1 under a four-phase plan outlined by the Ministry of Transport which is set to be applied in localities that have implemented relaxed COVID-19 containment measures.

The first phase will be carried out over a 10-day period, with airlines resuming air routes with a flight frequency not exceeding half that of the first 10 days of April, the time before the fourth COVID-19 wave broke out in the nation. In addition, seats on the planes must also be distanced and spaced out.

Moving into the second phase, which will last for no more than 10 days, the frequency will be increased to not exceed 70%, with no distancing required between seats.

The third phase will see the flight frequency return to the level seen during the first 10 days of April, but not exceeding it, with no seat distancing required.

Finally, the last phase will involve airlines resuming activities as normal.

Air routes with only one daily flight before the pandemic will be able to resume operations as normal in the first and second phases, with seat distancing required.

Furthermore, passengers must follow the “5K message”, complete health declarations, and present a negative COVID-19 test result issued 72 hours ahead of departure.

However, passengers who have been given their first shot three weeks ago, or those who have been fully vaccinated or recovered from the disease within the past six months, will be exempt from COVID-19 testing.

The Ministry of Transport has requested that airlines offer hand sanitiser to passengers, with travelers asked to wear masks during the flight, along with disinfecting high-contact surfaces of planes, this includes door handles and seats, after each flight.