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Vietnam’s Da Nang restore rail, air transport services

Vietnam’s Da Nang restore rail, air transport services

Friday, October 08, 2021, 16:53 GMT+7
Vietnam’s Da Nang restore rail, air transport services
Passengers check in at Da Nang International Airport in Da Nang City, Vietnam before movement curbs were introduced in August 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Da Nang has announced plans for the resumption of passenger transport services via domestic train and flight routes this month, following months of shutdown for COVID-19 prevention purposes.

Le Trung Chinh, chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, has endorsed a plan from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), which floated the restoration of regular domestic flights to and from Da Nang, located on the central Vietnamese coast, from October.

However, Chinh has asked the CAAV to reduce the frequency of flights connecting Da Nang to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, two major cities in Vietnam with high demand for air travels.

The CAAV plan is a follow-up to an order on August 30, which required all carriers to suspend ticket sales for domestic flights and refund passengers for tickets issued prior to July 21, given the complicated situation of COVID-19 in Vietnam.

The coastal city has recently approved a scheme to relaunch train routes with pick-up and drop-off points at Da Nang Train Station, according to a statement from Le Quang Nam, deputy chairman of the city, to the Vietnam Railway Authority.

As per the scheme, the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh train route, a cross-country itinerary that traverses Da Nang, will relaunch its SE7, SE8, SE5, SE6 trains from October 7 to 17 before adding SE3 and SE4 trains from October 18.

Meanwhile, the two trains SE21 and SE22 will resume operations on the Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City route from October 15.

Da Nang requires all air and train passengers to comply with safety guidelines, including face mask wearing and hand sanitizing, during their journeys.

After upholding the stringent social distancing measures since August, the city has reopened a slew of businesses and services, including food delivery, traditional markets, public beaches, and barbershops, in the past few weeks as the COVID-19 caseload goes on a downward trend.

A leading tourist destination and a coronavirus epicenter last year, Da Nang has reported a total of 5,427 cases since the epidemic emerged in Vietnam in early 2020.

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