Bamboo Airways announced to cancel all flights from Nha Trang to Incheon, flights from Da Nang to Incheon and vice versa from 26 Feb 2020 until the COVID-19 is controlled. Currently, the airline operates flights to Korea from Vietnam with the frequency of 7 return flights per week each route. Passengers who had booked during the postpone period will be supported to cancel free of charge.
According to Vietnam Airlines, flights having flight numbers of VN 414, VN 415 from Incheon International Airport (Korea) to Noi Bai International Airport (Vietnam) and vice versa operated on 26, 28 Feb; 4,6 Mar; 8-12 Mar, 18-19 Mar, 25-16 Mar will be cancelled. The airline’s representatives said: “We are following the functional organizations about controlling the COVID-19, to have plans of stopping flight operations or adjusting suitable reschedules”. According to the online booking website, there are two return flights between Hanoi and Seoul per day.
For international airlines, Korea Tourism Organization in Vietnam said that Korean Air stopped flights of KE 483, KE 484 from Incheon - Hanoi from 25 Feb to 23 Mar. There are six flights of the route per day.
Air Seoul was also informed to stop flights from Hanoi to Seoul from 1 - 28 Mar. “In addition to the above mentioned cancelled flights, the airline still operates other flights normally”, cited from letters to agencies. The airline will support refunds or change tickets for customers. At present, the airline is still operating flights between Seoul - Da Nang, and Seoul - Nha Trang.
Previously, Asiana Airlines cancelled flights Seoul - Hanoi on flights of OZ727, OZ728 from 18 Feb to 09 Mar. The airline still maintains two return flights per day for the route.
T’Way Air stopped all flights from/to between Hanoi and Korea from now to 28 Mar. Currently, the airline has 12 flights per day, departing from Hanoi, Da Nang, Nha Trang and flights from Ho Chi Minh to Seoul, Pusan and Daegu.
Ms. Tran Phuong Linh, Representative of BenThanh Tourist said, all tours to Korea in March of the company was cancelled, 50% tours to Japan in the period was stopped. The rest of the Japan tours of the company are pending till the end of March, depending on the situation of Covid-19.
The representative of Hana Tour, specializing in Korean market, informed that the volume of Vietnamese tourists to Korea and vice versa of this company decreased sharply. From February, there are no new tours booked.
Korea is the second largest market of international tourists to Vietnam (after China). The number of Korean tourists to Vietnam increased gradually, about 20%. Facing the Covid-19 outbreak in Korea, many travel agencies are worried about the sharp decrease from the market.
To be ready for controlling Covid-19 affecting Vietnam in general and Ho Chi Minh in particular, the Department of Health has proposed the Ministry of Health for health report, quarantine isolation applied to visitors entering or transiting via Korea.