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Hanoi freezes Vietjet flight expansion after safety incidents

Vietnam probe of faulty and emergency landings comes ahead of busy Tet holiday

Budget airline Vietjet's fleet includes 60 Airbus A320 and A321 craft. (Photo provided by Vietjet)

HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnamese authorities have halted Vietjet Aviation's planned increase in flights following a series of aircraft safety incidents, putting the country's largest budget airline under supervision as the Tet holiday season nears.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said this week it will stop adding new flights to Vietjet's operational schedule. CAAV also will re-evaluate Vietjet's operations at four airports: Noi Bai in Hanoi, Danang International in central Vietnam, Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City and Cam Ranh in the south-central region.

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