Central city looks for more air routes in 2020

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 13:15

An aircraft of the national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, stops at Da Nang International Airport. The city will launch more new air routes from 2020. — VNS Photo Cong Thanh

The central city will connect with more countries around the world as new flights are launched to more destinations from Da Nang.

Direct and charters flights will operate connecting Da Nang with Korea, Jakatar, Indonesia, Phnom Penh, Haneda, Japan, Taiwan, India, Australia and Russia from next year.

Deputy Director of the city’s tourism department Truong Thi Hong Hanh said Russian Anex Tourism Group (ATG) proposed the first chartered flights from four cities - Moscow, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk – to Da Nang between March and September of 2020.

According to ATG, the flight would operate every 10 days, bringing from 3,000 to 3,500 tourists monthly from Russia to Da Nang on board a Boeing B-767.

Hanh said the city has also launched for new air routes from Da Nang to India and Australia as well as Korea and Taiwan.

Sriwijaya Air are also planning flights from Jakarta, Indonesia to Da Nang in the future, according to the department.

She said budget airline, VietJetAir plans to launch the Da Nang-Haneda, Japan and Da Nang-Taiwan soon.

Pristine white sandy beaches of Da Nang is a major reason tourists visit. — VNS Photo Cong Thanh

In a meeting in August, representative of the Cambodia Angkor Air said it would launch direct flights from Da Nang to Phnom Penh with four flights per week starting next month.

Da Nang also sees arrivals from Thailand as three airlines - Thai AirAsia, VietJetAir and Bangkok Airways - operate 56 flights per week.

Chartered flights between Da Nang and Nagoya, Japan also started in June as a preparation for launching a regular direct route following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between authorities of Da Nang Airport and Chubu Centrair Airport of Japan in February.

According to the city’s tourism department, Da Nang had 48 international air routes with 462 flights per week, while 11 domestic routes operated with 665 flights in a week.

Da Nang welcomed five million tourists, of which nearly two million were foreigners, in the first seven month of this year.

Korean visitors were the largest with more than one million tourists, 54 per cent of total foreign tourists visiting Da Nang. Chinese second with 500,000 tourists - 26 per cent of total international tourists in the city, followed by Thailand and Japan. — VNS

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