|Passengers check in at Đà Nẵng Airport. The city connects 24 international flights each day. — VNS Photo Công Thành|Viet Nam News
ĐÀ NẴNG — The central city of Đà Nẵng is planning to launch direct flights to Nagoya in Japan to boost investment, trade and tourism.
Deputy director of the city’s tourism department, Nguyễn Xuân Bình, said the two sides had been discussing the project with airlines from both countries.
Bình said the flight would lure more investors and tourists from Japan.
Chubu Centrair International Airport is located on an artificial island in Ise Bay, Tokoname City in Aichi Prefecture, south of Nagoya in central Japan.
In a meeting last year, Đà Nẵng and Japan’s Hokkaido prefecture also planned to upgrade charter flights services to a regular air route between the two cities to boost investment, tourism and trade.
The city is home to 143 Japanese projects with total investment of US$500 million, creating 32,000 jobs for local and neighbouring provinces.
Japanese visitors were Đà Nẵng’s second largest tourist segment last year, reaching more than 400,000 – 10 times as many as in 2013.
National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and budget Jetstar Pacific Airlines already operate direct flights from Đà Nẵng to Narita and Osaka.
Japan plans to open a Consulate General in Đà Nẵng to boost tourism and exchanges between Japan and the central city.
The Japanese language is also being taught in some junior secondary schools following the city’s foreign language teaching programme for 2012-20.
The city’s airport operates 24 direct international flights and 14 charter flights daily. — VNS