HANOI, 31 March 2021: Vietnam Airlines resumed a couple of
international flights at the weekend, with one flight from the Vietnamese
capital heading to Tokyo in Japan and the other departing the central coastal
town of Danang for Taipei in Taiwan.

The two flights represented Vietnam’s first commercial
flights since early last year, with the exception of ad-hoc repatriation
flights for returning Vietnamese citizens.

On the Taipei – Danang return flight on Monday, VnExpress
International, an online news service, said 200 passengers disembarked at
Danang airport and underwent a PCR Covid-19 test before entering a 14-day
quarantine.

“This flight marked the restart of Vietnam Airlines’ inbound
commercial flights after a period of suspension due to the complicated development
of Covid-19,” Vietnam Airlines claimed in a statement.

A roundtrip flight from Hanoi to Tokyo, also on 29 March,
marked the first flight in months to serve the Japanese capital, and the
airline confirmed a second flight to Tokyo is now scheduled for 8 April 2021.

It has also scheduled a flight from Hanoi to Seoul in South
Korea, 8 April. On 9 April, the airline will operate a Hanoi to Frankfurt with
no indication when scheduled services resume to Germany, although there are
plans to resume a weekly flight possibly by July.

Meanwhile, the specialised aviation newsletter Airline Geeks
claimed in a report at the weekend the airline plans to recommence flights in
two phases to the US.

Initially, it will apply to the US Department of
Transportation for more repatriation flights. Up until now, it has flown 12
repatriation flights to pick up Vietnamese and US citizens with residency in
Vietnam.

In the second phase, the airline plans to start a weekly
flight from Ho Chi Minh City to San Francisco. Eventually, it hopes to increase
services to three weekly.

The flights will serve Vietnamese citizens who need to
return home, as entry to Vietnam is barred for everyone, except for essential
business or government travel.