The Ministry of Transport has allowed Vietnam Airlines Tourism Company (VATC) to resume sleeping pods at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport after the service was suspended more than two months ago.
According to Noi Bai Airport Authorities, VATC is scrambling to resume the service at the T1 Terminal.
Meanwhile, the airport has supplied free wifi at the terminal and furnishing an additional of 500 trolleys to serve increasing passengers.
Earlier on July 22, Noi Bai became the first airport in Vietnam to supply nap pods that allow flyers to get some sleep before boarding the next leg of their trip.
VATC has installed 14 sleeping pods, including three single and 11 double pods. Each covers an area of four square meters and is three meters high and equipped with a bed, a drawer, an alarm clock and clothes hangers.
VATC said three first hours of rent will cost VND210,000 (US$10) for a single pod and VND252,000 ($12) for a double pod, including free drinks and snacks. The next three hours will cost VND180,000 ($8) and VND215,000.
The service was suspended three days later following rumors that they were part of a scheme to capitalize on rising flight delays and cancellations.
However, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) later dismissed the rumor, attributing the suspension to the fact that VATC did not follow required procedures to open the service.
The company did not submit detailed plan on designing, operation and firefighting plans, CCAV said.
According to CAAV, sleeping pods are common in many international airports for flyers to wait for the next flight in their trip.