Vietnam to resume some Asian flights as curbs on business travel ease

HANOI, Sept 3- Vietnam plans to restart international commercial flights to and from six Asian cities from mid-September, state media reported on Thursday, ending months of coronavirus-related suspension after easing some restrictions on foreign business travellers. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam is proposing resuming flights to Guangzhou,…

HANOI, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Vietnam plans to restart

international commercial flights to and from six Asian cities

from mid-September, state media reported on Thursday, ending

months of coronavirus-related suspension after easing some

restrictions on foreign business travellers.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) is proposingresuming flights to Guangzhou, Seoul, Vientiane, Phnom Penh,Taipei and Tokyo, which would mean about 5,000 travellersarriving each week, the transport ministry-run Giao Thongnewspaper reported, citing CAAV deputy head, Vo Huy Cuong.

Those arriving must still undergo two weeks of quarantine,according to health ministry requirements, unless the durationof their visit is under 14 days. Vietnam has not yet reopened totourists.

Vietnam is seeking to revive its economic activities,especially tourism and transport, which have been badly hit bythe travel restrictions.

It stopped flights from certain countries in late Januarybefore closing its borders in March to all but returningcitizens and foreigners with special permission, as thecoronavirus spread quickly around the world.

The travel curbs together with strict quarantine, testingand contact tracing has helped Vietnam keep its infections totalto just 1,046 and 34 deaths and saw it record a run of 100 dayswithout domestic transmission.

The move to resume flights contrasts with several of itsregional neighbours, which are suffering big losses from tightrestrictions on foreign tourists and business travellers,including Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.

Flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, its unit PacificAirlines and budget carrier Vietjet Air will conductthe flights and the number of inbound visitors will be limited,the reports said.

In July, Vietnam Airlines said it would lose 50 trilliondong ($2.16 billion) in revenue this year and might liquidityissues.(Reporting by Khanh Vu; Editing by Martin Petty)