August, 01 2007 00:00:00

Vietnam Air begins service between Ha Noi, South Korea's Busan

Vietnam Air begins service between Ha Noi, South Korea’s Busan


HA NOI — Vietnam Airlines officially announced yesterday the launch of a new direct flight from Ha Noi to Busan, South Korea, running three times per week which begins today.

Vietnam Airlines will utilise the A321 aircraft to fly the route said its deputy general director Pham Ngoc Minh in yesterday launching ceremonyin Ha Noi.

The carrier has so far implemented three Korean destinations into its flight schedule: Ha Noi-Seoul; HCM City-Seoul and HCM City-Busan flying to each city once per day, said Minh. This 4th flight route from Ha Noi to Busan will meet the growing transportation demands of tourism and also create chances for economic and cultural exchanges contributing to co-operation between the two countries.

This new direct flight is part of the airlines’ plan to develop Viet Nam as a transport depot in the region.

This expansion will be supplemented by better customer service to clients, diversification of available direct travel destinations and should increase competitiveness in the market by offering greater investment and tourism activities between Southeast South Korea and Viet Nam.

Deputy General Director of the Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam (CAAV) Lai Xuan Thanh, at the launching ceremony, said the travel demands of Korean tourists has risen considerably; an average increase of 40 per cent a year; between 2002 and 2006, the average yearly increase was 78 per cent. The number of travelers reached 418,000 last year establishing the Korean market as a key niche of the Vietnam Airlines business.

Three flights are offered on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. — VNS

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