China agrees to extend flights to Vietnam

China agrees to increase flights to Vietnam

A Vietnam Airways plane takes off at Guangzhou Baiyun Worldwide Airport, Guangzhou, China, 2019. Photograph by Shutterstock/Markus Mainka

The Civil Aviation Administration of China has agreed with Vietnamese aviation authorities to double the frequency of flights between the 2 international locations to 2 every week.

“The rise in flight frequency between Vietnam and China highlights efficient pandemic prevention and is a optimistic signal for the restoration of the Chinese language aviation market,” the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam mentioned on its web site.

China is among the few international locations on this planet nonetheless pursuing a zero-Covid coverage with stringent entry necessities.

Earlier, the Chinese language authorities solely allowed carriers of each international locations to function one flight every week.

Vietnam resumed common flights from Jan. 1 and lifted all Covid restrictions on worldwide flights from Feb. 15.

Earlier than the pandemic, China was Vietnam’s largest tourism market with almost 4.8 million Chinese language visiting in 2019.

Aviation officers count on the variety of worldwide passengers going by Vietnamese airports this yr to achieve 10 million, or round 24 p.c of pre-pandemic ranges. Of those, the nation expects to attract 5 million overseas vacationers.