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Danang plans to reopen air routes for tourism recovery

By Nhan Tam

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DANANG – Danang City is planning to gradually restart all domestic and international air services to attract visitors back and gain the same number of tourist arrivals as that seen before the Covid-19 pandemic, heard an online conference on January 17.

The teleconference on combining tourism and aviation to promote air services to Danang held by the Danang Department of Tourism was aimed at providing the city’s tourism and aviation partners with plans to reopen international air routes this year and support policies.

Ho Thanh Tu, secretary general of the Danang Tourism Association, said the combination between aviation and tourism is vital to develop new tourism products and attract tourists after the pandemic is brought under control.

Speaking at the event, Danang Vice Chairman Tran Phuoc Son lauded the strategy for the reopening of international air services, which would act as a bridge to boost the city’s tourism sector.

Despite the pandemic, the Danang International Airport has been widening its apron in the north part of the airport and will complete it on February 21. In addition, work on a cargo terminal with a capacity of up to 150,000 tons per year will be put into service in 2024. The T1 terminal will be widened to accommodate 14 million passengers each year and will be put into operation in 2025.

After the project to upgrade the airport is completed, Danang City can receive more domestic and international flights.

To develop tourism and aviation effectively, the municipal Department of Tourism on the same day signed a memorandum of understanding with IPP Travel Retail to co-operate on the Routes Asia Development Forum in 2022, which is set to take place from June 6 to 8.

The Routes Asia 2022, which is expected to attract over 500 representatives of 110 air carriers and 30 tour operators, will help not only to rebuild the international route network in the city but also contribute to the city’s socioeconomic growth in the next three years.

Through the Routes Asia 2022, Danang City can introduce various tourist destinations and compete with other cities in the region for flight packages, said Nguyen Phi Long, general director of IPP Travel Retail.

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