|Planes land at Nội Bài International Airport in Hà Nội. Airlines say they are ready to conduct flights to bring Vietnamese citizens in Ukraine to Việt Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI — The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said it has received reports from airlines affirming they are ready to bring Vietnamese citizens in Ukraine back to Việt Nam following the Government’s instruction.
On February 28, the CAAV sent a written request to Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air and Bamboo Airways, asking them to prepare resources (aircraft, pilots and crew members) and plans for flights to repatriate Vietnamese and their families in Ukraine.
At present, as it is not possible to operate flights to Ukraine, which is a combat zone, the airlines have drafted plans to fly to several locations in Europe, including Warsaw (Poland), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia), Moscow (Russia) and Minsk (Belarus) to transport Vietnamese to Việt Nam.
The airlines said they are also ready to fly to any other locations decided by the Government on the principle of ensuring safety and convenience for Vietnamese citizens and their families.
VietJet Air said it was ready in terms of both human resources and aircraft to repatriate Vietnamese citizens in Ukraine in accordance with the instruction of management agencies.
Vietnam Airlines reported that it has completed six flight plans to transport Vietnamese citizens in Ukraine to Việt Nam in the priority order of Hanoi - Warsaw, Hanoi - Bucharest, Hanoi – Budapest, Hanoi – Bratislava, Hanoi – Moscow, and Hanoi – Minsk.
Earlier, in a public dispatch addressed to ministers, heads of ministerial agencies, Government agencies and chairpersons of provinces and centrally-run cities, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính ordered the Ministry of Transport to instruct Vietnamese airlines to make plans to repatriate Vietnamese and their families. VNS