Vietnam Airlines said it will temporarily suspend all international flights within its network until April 30 this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This follows the airline’s decision to suspend flights to France, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan, South Korea, mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

According to the airline, flights to and from Southeast Asian countries, including Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, will be halted from March 21.

It added that flights to and from the UK and Japan will be temporarily suspended starting from March 23.

Vietnam’s flag carrier said its services to Germany and Australia will be stopped from March 24, while the return services from the two countries will be halted from March 25.

The airline said it will inform passengers when it plans to resume services after it receives “further directions from the competent authorities”.

Vietnam Airlines is advising passengers who plan to travel overseas during this period to check the flight schedules on its website and mobile app to adjust the itineraries accordingly.

It added that it will waive fees and conditions for flight date and itinerary changes for all affected passengers whose international tickets are issued before March 25 this year.

Earlier this week, two Australian carriers, Qantas and Virgin Australia, also announced that they will suspend all international flights from late March until the end of May and mid-June respectively.