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Vietnam to launch more air links to key markets

Le Anh

HCMC – The Government of Vietnam has approved a major plan for opening more air routes to key source markets for the country’s tourism sector like the U.S., China, South Korea, Japan and Russia.

According to the plan, the Government will support airlines to expand their operations to fuel tourism growth.

For the U.S. market, Vietnam Airlines, the national flag air carrier, is preparing to launch a long-awaited direct air service between Vietnam and the U.S. this year.

Vietnamese airlines have plans to open air links between Vietnam and Russian cities like Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok, and between Danang and Russia by 2020, resume the Nha Trang-Moscow route, and increase the current services between Hanoi, HCMC and Moscow.

Vietnam’s key tourism source markets in Asia include China, Japan, South Korea and India.

The Government has asked the Ministry of Transport to work with the Chinese side to support Vietnamese carriers to fly between Vietnam and China.

By 2020, Vietnamese airlines will launch services between Vietnamese cities like Danang, Haiphong, Nha Trang, Hue and Can Tho, and Chinese places like Chongqing, Wuhan, Harbin, Dalian and Guiyang. At the same time there should be more flights between Vietnam and Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kunming and Chengdu.

For the South Korean market, air routes from Danang, Hue, Nha Trang, Haiphong, Dalat, Phu Quoc and Can Tho to Seoul and from Hanoi, HCMC and Danang to Jeju will be launched by 2020. Airlines will also add more flights connecting Vietnam with Seoul and Busan.

In addition, the country has plans to launch more routes to Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, the U.K., France and Germany.

Air service expansion is expected to significantly contribute to tourism development. The country looks to receive 17-20 million foreign tourists by 2020, with tourism revenue making up 10-12% of gross domestic product (GDP) and tourism-related exports hitting US$20 billion.

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