|Aircraft at Nội Bài International Airport in Hà Nội. Commercial flights to and from areas under social distancing measures were halted on Sunday. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hùng|
HÀ NỘI — The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) on Sunday halted all commercial flights between provinces and cities that are applying social distancing measures, including the Hà Nội – HCM City route and vice versa.
The move aims to tighten control of commercial flights and chartered flights to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to the CAAV.
Flights that serve public works and disease control are still allowed to operate, including those carrying health workers and officials.
The authorities in their points of departure need to inform the authorities in their destinations so they can be tested immediately upon arrival and taken into quarantine if needed.
Commercial flights from Hà Nội to Cần Thơ, Phú Quốc and vice versa have been temporarily halted since July 22.
Hà Nội-HCM City route, Việt Nam's busiest one, has been cut down to 2 round trips a day and were all operated by the national flag carriers Vietnam Airlines. — VNS