Airlines tighten Covid-19 precautions for Reunification Day and May Day holiday
During a meeting on April 28, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The continued asking all agencies to follow Covid-19 preventative measures and emphasised that leaders would be held fully responsible if they let an outbreak occur. Inspection teams will be set up to carry out spot checks at bus stations, airports and train stations.
Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam also issued orders to tighten monitoring for the holiday such as having more personnel to help passengers fill in their medical declaration forms and help passengers at security screening.
HCM City CDC and Tan Son Nhat Airport already worked together from April 26 to 29 to give the first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to 2,000 employees at the airport. A total of 213 employees at Pleiku Airport in Gia Lai Province have also been given the first doses of Covid-19 vaccine from April 25 to May 5.
According to Vietnam Airlines, they have increased personnel and tightened monitoring. The planes and all equipment will be disinfected daily. Disinfectant sprays were also installed for passengers before they enter the planes. The airlines have prepared isopropyl alcohol wipes for passengers on the plane.
Vietnamese airlines have received a large number of people booking for the coming holiday. Tickets were sold out quickly as airlines increased flights and some airports were at risk of overcrowding. Vietnam Airlines Group announced that they have sold 610,000 seats in total.
The number of flights in Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi is estimated to increase by 40% compared to the peak of the Reunification Day Holiday in 2019. Noi Bai Airport will receive 78,000 to 80,000 passengers and 500 flights a day, an increase of 30% on regular days during the Reunification Day, May Day period.
However, as a new Covid-19 case was announced in Yen Bai Province on April 28, many passengers in the northern region have cancelled or postponed their trips.