Five Vietnamese carriers, Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet, Pacific Airlines, Vasco, and Bamboo Airways, have offered free transport of aid supplies to areas affected by flooding in central Vietnam.
Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines, Vasco, and Bamboo Airways will prioritize flights carrying aid supplies from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to central Vietnamese provinces from Sunday onward.
They will waive all freight, fuel surcharges and related airway costs for those cargo trips.
The Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee, the municipal and provincial People’s Committees, Vietnam Red Cross Society at all levels, charitable funds licensed and recognized by state agencies are those enjoying this free-of-charge transport offer.
Eligible cargo must be necessities or common goods and be sturdily packaged for safe transportation, with each piece of cargo not exceeding 40 kilograms, said a representative of Bamboo Airways.
Low-cost carrier Vietjet, in addition to the free transport, also offers free air tickets to officers of the Vietnam Fatherland Front and authorities at grassroots levels to travel to and from these areas to carry out aid tasks.
The number of passengers paying extra checked baggage fees to carry food and supplies to Hue City in Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang City, and Dong Hoi City in Quang Binh has gone up as news of the flooding spreads.
In a similar move, A Chau Shipping Joint Stock Company, based in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, will transport necessities to people in flooded areas in the north-central provinces of Quang Binh and Quang Tri and the central province of Thua Thien-Hue for free, its director Tran Van Thanh said.
The first cargo of aid goods and supplies transported by A Chau on a 15-metric-ton truck and 30-metric-ton container truck depart from Ho Chi Minh City on Monday, according to Thanh.
Many areas in Vietnam’s central region have suffered from flooding due to torrential rains since the beginning of October.