Vietnam has suspended all domestic flights to and from Danang for 15 days after a coronavirus outbreak in the city, the country’s government said in a statement today (July 28).
The move follows a rising number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Southeast Asian country as it reported 16 new Covid-19 cases over the past three days, including 15 cases linked to three hospitals in Danang. This is Vietnam’s first community outbreak since April.
The Vietnamese government also said it had earlier ordered domestic airlines to increase the number of flights from Danang to help 80,000 tourists that were stranded in the city. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) on Sunday granted permission to Bamboo Airways, Pacific Airlines and VietJet Air to carry out more flights from the city.
“All evacuation flights now are cancelled,” CAAV deputy director Vo Huy Cuong told Reuters today (July 28).
Passenger bus and train services to and from Danang have also been suspended, added the government in its statement.
In June, Vietnamese carriers began relaunching several domestic routes for travellers. Vietnam Airlines launched 1o new domestic routes to meet summer travel demand. According to local newspaper VN Express International, Vietjet Air resumed its entire domestic network of 53 routes this month.