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Vân Đồn Airport calls on international airlines to open routes

Update: February, 26/2019 - 11:53
A view of Vân Đồn International Airport by night. Quảng Ninh will hold a conference to call foreign airlines to open routes to the airport. — Photo congthuong.vn
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — A conference on market promotion for the Vân Đồn International Airport will be held from February 28 to March 1 in Quảng Ninh Province.

The event, organised by provincial authorities and Sun Group, is expected to attract more than 60 airlines and travel companies interested in opening routes to the airport or tours in the province.

The conference includes farm trips and a workshop on March 1. The farm trip programmes will be for airlines, airline associations, travel agencies and management agencies to experience tourist destinations in Hạ Long and the Vân Đồn airport, reported Công Thương (Industry and Trade) newspaper.

Participants will visit world natural heritage site Hạ Long Bay and experience entertainment activities in the Sun World Halong Complex, as well as learn about the infrastructure at Hạ Long International Tourist Harbor and Vân Đồn airport.

After nearly two months in operation, Vân Đồn airport has welcomed more than 15,000 passengers transported by Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Bamboo Airways – Việt Nam’s three biggest airlines. The airport handles about 30 arrivals and departures each week.

Now, some airlines have announced their plans to open routes to the airport including Dong Hai Airlines (China) and Bangkok Airways (Thailand). Vietnam Airlines said it is likely to co-operate with HaNa Tour Company (South Korea) to open a direct flight between Vân Đồn Airport and South Korea.

Vietjet has conducted surveys on beginning direct flights between Taiwan and the airport.

During the conference, provincial authorities will also present attractive preferential policies for airlines and travel firms that agree to establish new routes to the airport.

The conference is expected to bring opportunities for co-operation between travel agencies and domestic and foreign airlines. It is also a chance to develop the tourism industry in Quảng Ninh via strategic co-operation agreements.

The main reason for airlines to open routes to the airport is the tourism potential of Quảng Ninh and the city of Hạ Long.

Thanks to tourism promotion activities, Quảng Ninh welcomed 12.2 million visitors in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 24 per cent, including 5.2 million international visitors.

Vân Đồn International Airport is the first private airport in Việt Nam. It can receive large-capacity aircrafts. Terminal 1 can receive 2.5 million passengers and 10,000 tonnes of cargo per year. — VNS

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