- National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines plans to resume the operation of direct flights from Vietnam to the United States in order to meet the increasing travel demand between the two countries.
- According to Le Hong Ha, general director of Vietnam Airlines, the relaunch of commercial flights will serve to meet the increasing demand among overseas Vietnamese based in the US to return to the fatherland in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic evolving in a complex manner.
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Furthermore, travel demand among diplomats, experts, businesspeople, students studying abroad, and people visiting foreign relatives also remains high.
Given the repatriation needs of the Vietnamese community in the US, the need for increased trade exchanges between Vietnam and the US, as well as revenue interest and resource optimization, it is a suitable time to open direct flights to the US, Ha said in a report submitted to Vietnam Airlines’ executive board.
If the report is endorsed, the route between the Vietnamese metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco, also known as SGN-SFO, will be running from March following the completion of legal procedures with authorities in the US.
With a typical capacity of one flight per week, this will subsequently increase to three flights per week.
The route from Vietnam to the US will allow Vietnam Airlines to serve passengers who are looking to return to the US for work or living purposes, with all flights committed to ensuring the safety of passengers.
Moreover, flights from the US to Vietnam will see crew members and passengers requested to follow relevant COVID-19 prevention and control measures.
Since May 2020, Vietnam Airlines has conducted a total of 12 flights in an effort to repatriate Vietnamese expats residing in the US back home, particularly due to the complicated situation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From August 2020, the airlines exploited full flights which were allowed by US authorities, although there remains a large number of overseas Vietnamese in the US who are still hopeful of returning to the homeland.
This article was originally published on Dtinews