Air launches direct route to Nagoya
HA NOI — The national
carrier, Vietnam Airlines, officially opened direct flights from HCM City to
Nagoya, Japan yesterday.
The airline will offer
three flights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, using B767-300ER
planes. This is Vietnam Airlines’ fifth direct air route to Japan and its
first to the Chubu region – Japan’s third largest economic hub after the
Kanto (Tokyo) and Kansai (Osaka) regions.
The Chubu region is
located in central Japan, which is a hub for various key industries, including
iron, steel, petro-chemicals and electricity, as well as the headquarters of
major industrial groups such as Toyota, Yamaha and Honda.
Vietnam Airlines already
operates 21 flights to major cities in Japan every week, including four flights
from Ha Noi to Tokyo, seven from HCM City to Tokyo, seven from HCM City to
Osaka, and three from HCM City to Fukuoka. The airlines’ flight schedules for
these routes are arranged flexibly to help passengers from Japan conveniently
take flights to other destinations in Viet Nam, as well as to other countries.
The national carrier
currently has the largest number of direct air routes and flights between Viet
Nam and Japan. Last year, Vietnam Airlines carried 264,000 passengers to and
from Japan, representing 57 per cent of the total number travelling on direct
air routes between the two countries.
Airlines Corporation is considering opening more new air routes to Myanmar,
Indonesia, India, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. — VNS