Vietnam Airlines to operate 14 extra flights

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Vietnam Airlines plans to add 14 additional flights in the next four days to meet high travel demand as there are signs Europe will reopen its skies soon, officials said at a press briefing in Hanoi Tuesday.

Phan Xuan Duc, the national flag carrier's executive vice president for operations, said the airlines had canceled a total of 21 flights as of Tuesday and about 6,400 Vietnam Airlines passengers were stranded in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other major European airports.

VNA chairman and CEO, Pham Ngoc Minh, said they were seeking assistance from some of the European embassies in Vietnam, Germany and France in particular, to assist with getting approval from the European authorities.

Airline officials said it is still focused on its "contingency plan" and "would sit down" at a later time to estimate economic damage suffered by the significant disruption of flight schedules.

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