The ban has been ordered after two planes, a Vietjet Air and a Tway Air aircraft, were recently suspected to have been hit by unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in Vietnam. In Ho Chi Minh City, home to the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, drones will be not allowed to operate in Tan Binh, Tan Phu, Go Vap and Phu Nhuan Districts. In the Friday directive, Phuc also asked the Transport Ministry to instruct the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation to take measures to manage airspace in the vicinity of airports to prevent drones from threatening aviation safety. The trade ministry has been tasked with tightening the illegal trade in drones and local authorities asked to manage, detect and prevent operations of drones near the airports. An Airbus 321 of budget airline Vietjet Air flying from Saigon to Phu Quoc in Kien Giang Province had a dented nose cone when it landed on October 16. Another aircraft, a Boeing B737 operated by South Korean airline Tway Air, was also found with a … [Read more...] about Vietnam bans drones from airport vicinities
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Vo Huy Cuong, deputy head of Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, said they were cooperating with South Korean peers to find out why a Boeing 737 plane of South Korean airline T’way Air had to make an emergency landing in Ho Chi Minh City in the first hours of Thursday. The front of the plane was damaged as it landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, but how the damage occurred remains a mystery. "Normally if the plane hits a bird, there should be blood traces but there was nothing in this case," he said. Airport officials said that the captain of the plane, which was on its way from Seoul to HCMC, informed the airport of some technical problem after he heard a big noise in the front of the aircraft. The aircraft was about to land and was staying at a height of over 2,000 feet. Once the noise was heard, the captain asked for permission to make an emergency landing, which was granted. As the plane with 166 passengers touched down safely, technical staff at the airport … [Read more...] about Vietnam, South Korea investigate emergency landing of plane in Saigon
Tourists love to discover the traditional culture and lifestyle of the local people. Photo courtesy of the Bát Tràng Tourism Company By Minh Thu In the mornings before he opens his traditional house to visitors, Meritorious Artist Tô Thanh Sơn prepares tea to welcome his guests. When Bát Tràng Commune on the outskirts of Hà Nội was officially recognised as a tourist site last month, his traditional house with its beautiful garden, old kiln and showroom of pottery products started receiving many tourists every day. Last month, the Hà Nội People’s Committee and the Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) brought smart tourism to Bát Tràng, further highlighting it on the capital’s travel map. Smart tourism Bát Tràng Commune is located in Gia Lâm District, 10km from the city centre. It comprises Bát Tràng and Giang Cao villages. A … [Read more...] about Bát Tràng a star of Hà Nội craft village tourism
SOE equitization and divestment needs greater efforts from all concerned as yet another deadline seems likely to be missed. The CEO of Japan Tobacco (JT), the world’s third-largest tobacco company, recently met with the Chairman of Vietnam’s Committee for the Management of State Capital (CMSC) Mr. Nguyen Hoang Anh in Hanoi and offered to participate in the equitization process of the Vietnam Tobacco Corporation (Vinataba). The Japanese firm has experience in transforming into a private company, as it was once a State-owned enterprise (SOE), and offered to share lessons learned so that Vinataba can improve its corporate governance and performance. This is fully in line with the government’s ongoing efforts and strategy in recent years to speed up the equitization and divestment process at SOEs, though the country seems almost certain to miss its five-year plan for cutting State ownership in the economy by 2020. Slow progress Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan … [Read more...] about Some way to go in SOE equitization
By An Phương Illustration by Trịnh Lập Lotus, a made-in-Việt Nam social media platform, debuted about two months ago. Together with recent launches of Gapo and Hahalolo and six other platforms that have yet to be introduced, I wonder if these homegrown social media apps can bring real value to Vietnamese users? Will they last? As a social media enthusiast, I have been trying the beta version of Lotus since September. Since this app was developed by over 200 technical engineers at Việt Nam Communications Corporation (VCCorp), my expectations for Lotus have been quite high. “Lotus takes a different path from other social networks, striving to be a content-centric platform that gives users freedom to be creative and produce more quality content,” Nguyễn Thế Tân, CEO of VCCorp, has said. A friend of mine, Thanh Quý, 26, said: "That explains why Lotus has … [Read more...] about What’s the future of homegrown social networking sites?