Vietnam Airlines has confirmed plans to
temporarily reduce the frequency of flights between Vietnam and
Europe, starting 25 March 2020.
The airline will temporarily
cut 14 flights per week on routes between Hanoi / Ho
Chi Minh (Saigon) and London, Paris and Frankfurt.
Vietnam Airlines is currently the only domestic
carrier operating flight routes connecting Vietnam and Europe and
the routes play a significant role in terms of economics,
politics, and diplomacy.
Currently, Vietnam Airlines is taking pre-boarding
body temperature checks for every passenger departing from Europe
and providing them with face masks to use during the flight.
During the flight, passengers are advised to
sit in one place and restrict unnecessary communication and
movement throughout the cabin.
Europe is among the places seeing dramatic
increases in cases of COVID19. As such, the Government of Vietnam
has suspended visa exemptions for eight European
nations, namely Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, the United
Kingdom, Germany, France, and Spain.