National carrier Vietnam Airlines announced Tuesday that flights between Ho Chi Minh City to Thanh Hoa Province would continue to be cancelled between March 12 and 14 due to bad weather, the Saigon Times Daily reported.
Previously, the airliner canceled 20 flights between HCMC and Thanh Hoa from March 5 to 11 for the same reason.
Ha Minh Quang, a spokesman for Vietnam Airlines, said thick fog had covered Tho Xuan Airport in Thanh Hoa’s Tho Xuan District, while ground infrastructure for such a situation had not been developed there.
The airport was converted from a military airbase and put into use in early February last year, when Vietnam Airlines launched its HCMC-Thanh Hoa route with five flights a week.
Vietnam Airlines said it would help arrange seats for affected passengers on increased flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, which is 150 kilometers away from Thanh Hoa.
It will not charge affected passengers when they cancel the tickets they had bought on the route.
In northern Vietnam, only Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport is equipped with an instrument landing system (ILS), which enables a safe landing during instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), such as low ceilings or reduced visibility due to fog, rain, or blowing snow.
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