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Storm Noul shuts down central Vietnam airports

Christian Fernsby |
Storm Noul has forced the cancellation of several dozen flights as three central Vietnam airports suspend their Friday operations.

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Topics: STORM    NOUL    VIETNAM   

The Chu Lai Airport in Quang Nam Province will suspend operations from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, the Da Nang Airport from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the Phu Bai Airport in Thua Thien-Hue Province from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam announced Thursday afternoon.

National carrier Vietnam Airlines said it has canceled 10 flights between Hanoi/HCMC and Da Nang, while delaying four flights until after 8 p.m. Friday. It has also canceled 14 Friday flights between Hanoi/HCMC and Hue and eight to and from Quang Nam.

Three other flights between Hanoi/HCMC and Quang Binh Province, also in central Vietnam, would delay their arrival until after 7 p.m. Friday. Flights from and to Buon Ma Thuot, Quy Nhon, Da Lat, Vinh and Thanh Hoa airports might also be rescheduled due to the storm, Vietnam Airlines said.

The national carrier would operate 22 flights to and from Da Nang, Hue and Quang Nam on Saturday to help evacuate passengers.

Budget carrier Vietjet Air said it has canceled six Friday flights between HCMC and Quang Nam, eight between Hanoi/HCMC and Da Nang, and eight between Hanoi/HCMC and Hue.

Another budget carrier, Bamboo Airways, has canceled four flights between Hanoi/HCMC and Da Nang, and two each between Hanoi and the Central Highlands' Da Lat and Buon Ma Thuot.

Other domestic flights on Friday might also be delayed due to the storm’s impacts, the carriers said.

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