Central city, Qatar Airways to promote daily direct flight

Monday, Feb 04, 2019 08:59

A Qatar Airways flight lands at Da Nang International Airport. The central city and the Middle Eastern airline plan to promote the weekly Doha-Da Nang direct flight. — Photo courtesy Da Nang Tourism Department

The central city’s tourism department, in co-operation with Qatar Airways, plans to launch a daily flight to meet the increasing demand between Da Nang and Doha, Qatar in the near future after the weekly direct flight debuted last December.

Deputy director of the department, Nguyen Xuan Binh said the plan was unveiled at a tourism meeting in the city last week.

Binh said it was positive plan that the two sides had been discussing in the strategy of tourism promotion among central destinations in Viet Nam and the Middle East.

Binh said the launch of the direct flight had offered more chances for tourists and overseas Vietnamese visiting central Viet Nam via Da Nang international airport.

He said Da Nang could be easily linked with world heritage destinations in central Viet Nam including UNESCO-recognised Phong Nha-Ke Bang, Hue City, Hoi An and My Son by road, sea and railway transport systems.

The central city’s tourism department will seek closer co-operation in trade, investment and tourism promotion with travel agencies in the Middle East in the New Year, according to the tourism department.

Da Nang-Doha is the only direct flight from central Viet Nam to Qatar and the Middle East, offering four weekly flights with a Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

Qatar Airways began direct services to HCM City in 2007, and launched its Ha Noi service in 2010. Currently, the airline provides twice-daily direct flights to Viet Nam’s capital city and 10 weekly flights to HCM City.

In 2017, Qatar Airways announced its interline partnership with Viet Nam-based budget carrier Vietjet Air, allowing Qatar Airways’ passengers to travel to and from points in Viet Nam not served directly by Qatar Airways using a single reservation across both airlines’ networks.

Last year, Da Nang hosted 7.6 million tourists, of which 2.87 million were foreigners. — VNS

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