VASCO starts Can Tho-Da Lat flight

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 10:45


Vasco and Vietravel inks a partnership with the Can Tho and Lam Dong for the new route on April 23. — Photo

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — The Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO) will launch a new flight route connecting the southern Can Tho Province and the central highlands city of Da Lat in Lam Dong Province from May 7.

Vasco and Vietravel inked a partnership with the governments of Can Tho and Lam Dong Province for the new route on April 23.

Vu Duc Bien, deputy director of VASCO, said it would operate its 65-seat ATR72 aircraft on two flights a week on Thursday and Sunday during the first period and increase the fight frequency based on demand.

Bien said it currently took one hour and five minutes for the flight between Da Lat, an attractive tourist destination in the Central Highland region, and Can Tho City, the tourist and economic hub of the Mekong Delta.

The route will help save much time for visitors. According to the Deputy Chairman of the Lam Dong People's Committee, Nguyen Van Yen, his province received more than 1 million visitors from the southern provinces each year. Without a flight, they must spend more than 12 hours on a bus between the two destinations.

The international airport in Can Tho received more than 1,05,279 passengers in the first quarter of 2015, reflecting an increase of 64 per cent over the same period last year. The new route is expected to boost the development of tourism, as well as help facilitate the transport of fruits and vegetables between the two provinces.

As the flight operator, Vietravel, would book at least 40 seats on each flight, while the last 25 seats would be sold at a promotional price of VND990,000 (US$45.8) for a one-way ticket.

With two decade-long operational experience, VASCO currently operates in passenger transportation on routes from HCM City to southern destinations, including Ca Mau, Con Dao, Tuy Hoa, Chu Lai, Can Tho, Phu Quoc. — VNS

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