A representative of Vietnam Airlines said that it is trying to resume regular international flights. Currently, the airline has reopened regular commercial routes to Vietnam from 7 markets of the US (4 flights/week), Japan (3 flights/week), the Republic of Korea (RoK) (2 flights/week), Taiwan (China - 1 flight/week), Singapore (2 flights/week), Thailand (2 flights/week), and Cambodia (4 flights/week).
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The airlines all said that the operating frequency will be closely monitored by airlines and increased based on the market situation, especially to anticipate the expected increase in travel demand of Vietnamese tourists and citizens ahead of the Lunar New Year. The airlines ask passengers to monitor information and fully meet entry requirements at destinations as prescribed by authorities before buying tickets, such as requirements for vaccine passport, negative test result, vaccination status or COVID-19 recovery, accommodation at destination, and time of health monitoring.
According to a survey conducted on the website of Vietnam Airlines, air tickets from Ho Chi Minh City to San Francisco (US) opened for sale on January 12, 2022 with a one-way price of 21.3 million VND including taxes and fees.
For Japan routes, on Vietjet Air's website, the route from Hanoi to Tokyo (Japan) has the lowest one-way ticket price of 6.6 million VND for economy class and 13.8 million VND for business class. The price of Taipei – Hanoi air tickets on January 8 was 6.8 million VND; and tickets for the Taipei - Ho Chi Minh City route on January 12 were 12.2 million VND.
Meanwhile, the one-way ticket from Hanoi to Tokyo of Vietnam Airlines has the lowest price of 10.6 - 16 million VND for economy class, and 25 - 41 million VND for business class. The round-trip ticket from Hanoi to Japan in January 2022 is 24-28 million VND for economy class. This price is much higher than before the outbreak of the pandemic (in 2019).
Ms. Dinh Thuy Anh, a representative of an airline ticketing agent in Hanoi, said that international air tickets are open for sale, but the frequency of flights is low, so the fare is higher than in previous years. These are flights on the route to open international commercial flights after 2 years of "freezing" due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, in the following months, as the frequency is increasing, ticket prices will "cool down".
So far, regular flights have been safely operated and received a wide response from passengers, especially overseas Vietnamese, who have been wishing to repatriate after a long time of not returning to Vietnam due to the complicated development of the pandemic./.