Vietnamese airlines have offered to refund customers who want to cancel their flights to and from China amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and low-cost arm Jetstar Pacific stated Friday both would refund tickets and allow free schedule changes for passengers flying to and from Chinese cities starting Friday until further notice. VNExpress reports.
The two airlines do not currently operate direct flights to Wuhan City in central China, epicenter of the new deadly pneumonia virus outbreak.
Both would provide masks and gloves to passengers on its flights to and from China if requested.
Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) Thursday ordered all flight permits be cancelled and the granting of new permits to all flights connected to Wuhan by both Vietnamese and foreign airlines be suspended.
The Ministry of Health has ordered all tourists from China entering Vietnam complete health declaration forms as it combats the spread of the new coronavirus.
Two Chinese nationals have been quarantined at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City since Thursday after testing positive for the pneumonia virus.
More than 2,000 people globally have been infected with a new coronavirus, the vast majority of them in China, where 56 people have died from the disease, according to figures released on Sunday.
World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new coronavirus an “emergency in China” this week but stopped short of branding it an international concern.
Most fatalities have involved elderly patients, many with pre-existing conditions, WHO confirmed.
By Dat Nguyen @ VNExpress