Low-cost Vietnamese airline Vietjet Air has announced it will operate a free repatriation flight for Vietnamese citizens in Ukraine, departing from Warsaw, Poland, potentially on Sunday.
Vietjet Air CEO Dinh Viet Phuong said the airline decided to run the flight after considering different options to repatriate Vietnamese citizens currently in Ukraine, where the Russia-Ukraine military confrontation has been ongoing since February 24.
The service will be the first of its kind from a Vietnamese airline during the current crisis in Ukraine.
The carrier on Wednesday sent its flight plan to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Transport, the Government Office, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), and Vietnam’s representative agencies in Ukraine, Poland, and Russia.
Vietjet hopes the flight will help Vietnamese citizens safely leave Ukraine, Phuong said.
"We expect the flight to depart on March 6," he added.
With that date quickly approaching, the carrier has requested that all relevant ministries and agencies provide it with any assistance necessary to make the flight a success.
On February 26, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh issued a dispatch asking the transport ministry to instruct Vietnamese airlines to create plans to transport Vietnamese citizens and their families in Ukraine back to Vietnam.
Besides Vietjet, Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways have all prepared repatriation plans for flights from Warsaw, Poland; Bucharest, Romania; Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; Moscow, Russia; and Minsk, Belarus, the CAAV said.