Airlines are beginning to show clear signs of recovery, according to the securities firm Viet Capital Securities (VCSC). Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)
The recovery of the air industry in 2022-2026 will be attributed to looser restrictions on air travel despite high daily COVID-19 case numbers and the full reopening of tourism from March 15, reported VNA.
VietJet Air is expected to report profits from 2022, whereas Vietnam Airlines will follow suit in 2024.
VCSC estimates that the total number of domestic flights in February has almost reached pre-pandemic levels.
The reopening in mid-March will give a fresh impetus to the industry, creating more flights.
The securities firm believes there is a good chance that Vietnam will win tourism market share from other regional countries in the medium- and long-term, thanks to the quality of airline facilities and high vaccine coverage rates.
Vietravel Airlines to begin ticket sale for two new routes on March 16
Vietravel Airlines will officially open ticket sales for its new routes connecting Hanoi to Quy Nhon city in the south central province of Binh Dinh and the central city of Da Nang on March 16.
Vietravel Airlines has launched its ticket office network nationwide. (Photo: VNA)
According to VNA, a promotion programme will run between March 16 and April 21, with deep discounts for flights on these routes from April 22 to October 26.
CEO Vu Duc Bien said the carrier has planned and implemented the opening of new domestic routes to link cities and popular tourist destinations, serving tourism promotion and preparing for welcoming international travelers.
Vietravel Airlines is working with foreign aviation and travel authorities to expand its flight network in the second quarter of this year, he informed.
In the current period, following pandemic safety regulations, the airline maintains existing routes with a frequency of one to two flights per day, ensuring that its punctuality rate is always over 97 percent. Depending on the actual needs of the market, it will increase the frequency of some routes to three to four flights a day.
Hanoi allows restaurants and beverage venues to operate normally
Hanoi allows service businesses, dine-in food and beverage venues to operate normally, without having to close before 9pm.
Hanoi allows restaurants and beverage venues to operate normally (Source: VNA)
The venues still need to observe COVID-19 preventive measures set out by health authorities.
On March 15, Chairman of Hanoi City People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh signed a document on safe and flexible adaptation and effective control of COVID-19 and reopening tourism.
Photo for illustration (Source: VNA)
The city also requested districts and townships not to drop the guard against coronavirus and continue strictly enforcing COVID-19 rules, including the 5K message.
The restrictions were dropped as the capital city continues to lead the country in daily new COVID-19 cases, but with an extremely high vaccination rate. Over 99.6 percent of the population aged 12 years and older have been fully vaccinated, while 80 percent of adults have received booster shots.
Deaths and hospitalisations from the virus are also under control.
Vietnamese doctors receive UN Peacekeeping Medal
Sixty three members of Vietnam Level 2 Field Hospital Rotation 3 in South Sudan were awarded the United Nations Peacekeeping Medal for their outstanding contributions.
Officials and staff of Vietnam Level 2 Field Hospital Rotation 3 in Bentiu, South Sudan,
receive the UN Peacekeeping Medal.
The medal awarding ceremony in recognition of dedication during the entire term was held on March 15, in Bentiu, by the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS).
Brigadier General Dhananjay Joshi, Acting Commander of the UN forces in South Sudan, applauded the hospital's efforts to participate in the joint military-civilian operations (CIMIC), despite the fact that the medical staff are very busy with their professional work. These are HIV/AIDS counseling and testing programs, support of Bentiu hospital, sharing of drugs and equipment with local authorities, and donation of school supplies for students.
Colonel Waleed Elazizy, Chief of Military Medicine of the UNMISS Mission, highly appreciated the role of the Vietnam field hospital in preventing and controlling the pandemic at Bentiu base, preventing COVID-19 from spreading in hospitals, and ensuring a safe environment for patients.
Lieutenant Colonel Trinh My Hoa, Director of the hospital, said that since its deployment on March 26, 2021, the hospital has taken care of health and treated more than 1,400 patients who are UN employees and local people. Doctors have successfully performed more than 16 complicated surgeries, and transported 15 cases by air.
The hospital has applied many new techniques in patient diagnosis and treatment, suitable for field conditions; well organized pandemic prevention and vaccination against COVID-19; and provided oxygen and treated all medical waste for level 1 hospitals in the mission.
UN peacekeeping operations, established in 1948, is a special mechanism assigned by the UN to the UN Security Council in the form of missions to help facilitate the end of conflict and peace-building, through the deployment of forces contributed by member states under the command and control of the UN.
Vietnam has sent officers and employees of the Ministry of National Defense to work on UN peacekeeping missions since June 2014. On October 1, 2018, Vietnam sent a field hospital for the first time to perform a mission in Bentiu, South Sudan./.