Deputy Minister of Transport Le Anh Tuan said representatives from the countries and territories have expressed their concern over visa procedures, and suggested Vietnam remove quarantine regulations to further facilitate the travelling of people, and increase flight frequency.
Earlier, under the instruction of the Transport Ministry, the Vietnam Civil Authority of Vietnam (CCAV) on December 17 sent dispatches to aviation agencies of countries and territories, proposing the restoration of regular international flights.
Among the targeted countries and territories, the five have supported Vietnam’s proposal. Meanwhile, the final responses are awaited from Thailand, China and Laos.
Accordingly, the first flight to Japan is scheduled to be operated by the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines on January 5, and others by Vietjet Air and All Nippons Airways on January 6.
The Transport Ministry is also seeking the Prime Minister’s approval to increase regular international flights to Japan, the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Taiwan to seven per week.
It has also proposed expanding the pilot plan to Europe and Australia to satisfy the demand for returning home of Vietnamese abroad on the occasion of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.
Under the ministry’s plan, regular international passenger flights will be reopened to areas with a high safety level which are Beijing/Guangzhou (China), Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (the Republic of Korea), Taipei (Taiwan - China), Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore, Vientiane (Laos), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), and San Francisco/Los Angeles (the US).