In a bid to stimulate domestic travel demand following flight suspensions during the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam Airlines and its group carriers announced plans to increase the number of domestic flights starting this month.
From now until the 15th of May, Vietnam Airlines will continue to operate 17 flights per day on the trunk routes connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. From the 16th of May, the carrier is expected to increase the frequency of this route to 23 flights per day; Danang – Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City routes to 8 flights per day; Ho Chi Minh City – Phu Quoc route to 6-7 flights per day; Ho Chi Minh City – Hai Phong/Thanh Hoa/Vinh routes to 5 flights per day; and those on the remaining routes to 1- 4 flights per day.
The airline added it intends to recover its domestic network by June, including the resumption of routes such as Da Nang-Van Don and Danang Can Tho.
Along with Vietnam Airlines' flights, Jetstar Pacific – its budget joint venture with Qantas - will also resume the operation of Ho Chi Minh City – Danang/Vinh/Thanh Hoa routes with the frequency of 1 flight per day; Ho Chi Minh City – Pleiku/Chu Lai/Dong Hoi routes of 4 four flights per week on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. The carrier is keeping a close watch on the market demand to increase its flight frequency in the coming days, especially on the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City trunk route.
Vietnam Air Service Company (VASCO) will also increase the flight frequency on Ho Chi Minh City – Con Dao route to 6-8 flights per day. The carrier is expected to regularly operate 2-3 flights per week on Hanoi – Dien Bien, Ho Chi Minh City – Rach Gia/ Ca Mau, and Can Tho – Con Dao routes.
In compliance with guidelines set by Vietnam's Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Transport, passengers will get instructions on body temperature screenings and a pre-boarding health declaration. Passengers will also be required to wear a mask on the flights.
Vietnam Airlines and its group carriers will also disinfect aircraft and not serve meals onboard.
The airline's international flights will remain suspended until the end of May.