|Airlines are expected to put on up to 13 additional flights to get stranded Vietnamese citizens home from COVID-19 hit countries
With a request made by the Consular Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate the transport of Vietnamese citizens home for special reasons, the CAAV has devised plans on how to repatriate them as soon as possible.
The implementation of these plans will see national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines put on an additional 10 flights to allow Vietnamese citizens in Japan, the US, Canada, the UAE, France, Russia, Spain, and Thailand to come home.
In addition, low-cost airline Vietjet Air will be responsible for the transportation of citizens from Singapore and Indonesia on two flights, while Bamboo Airways are set to be put in charge of bringing citizens home from the Philippines on a single flight.
These flights are expected to land at Noi Bai, Van Don, Tan Son Nhat, and Can Tho International Airports.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has assigned relevant ministries to co-ordinate together to grant permission for the entry of single flights carrying Vietnamese citizens due to the complex nature of the novel coronavirus.
Priority will be given to students under 15 or those who have been abroad for the purpose of receiving medical treatment. Vietnam Airlines has been assigned as the sole agency to arrange flights to repatriate stranded Vietnamese citizens back home.