Vietnam Airlines and Air Mekong had to abort many flights to Phu Quoc on Wednesday as their aircraft were unable to touch on the airport on the resort island off Kien Giang Province due to heavy rains and flooding there.
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The management of Phu Quoc Airport told the Daily on the phone on Wednesday that a downpour within seven hours on Tuesday resulted in the flooding that caused the airport to suspend landings and take-offs until on Wednesday afternoon to ensure safety.
The tourism management unit of Kien Giang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism confirmed the flooding and the heavy fall of rain on Phu Quoc and flight suspension at the airport before 4 p .m. on Wednesday.
The unit and the airport management did not release the number of canceled flights and affected passengers for the reason that they were busy with collecting data. But the unit noted the flight call-offs occurred on Wednesday did not impact as many guests as on weekends when the airport are often crowded with travelers, particularly in summer.
The floods forced Air Mekong to abort three flights to Phu Quoc on Wednesday. The airline told the Daily on the phone that its only flight there on Wednesday took off from Tan Son Nhat Airport at 4:15 p.m. because the airport was usually closed at 6 p.m.
Air Mekong said due to the flooding, its flight scheduled from Hanoi to Phu Quoc on Wednesday had to land on Tan Son Nhat Airport. The carrier will conduct two more flights to Phu Quoc on Tuesday to transport all the stranded passengers.
As scheduled, Vietnam Airlines operates some 10 flights from HCMC to Phu Quoc a day and almost the take-offs were in the morning till early afternoon. The national flag carrier said it had to ground eight flights from HCMC, Can Tho, Rach Gia to Phu Quoc and vice versa and change departure times of four services as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
Some 700 passengers were stranded by Vietnam Airlines’ affected flights and some boarded its flights departing in the afternoon on Wednesday. The airline plans an additional six flights on Tuesday to transport the rest.