Nagoya-Đà Nẵng direct flight set to launch in 2019

Update: February, 07/2019 - 09:00
A new terminal was opened at Đà Nẵng international Airport to host the increasing number of tourists visiting the city. A new direct flight between Đà Nẵng and Nagoya, Japan will launch later in 2019. — VNS Photo Trần Lê Lâm
Viet Nam News

ĐÀ NẴNG — The central city’s international airport administration, in co-operation with Chubu Centrair airport, Japan, plans to launch daily direct flights connecting Đà Nẵng and Nagoya later this year.

Director of Đà Nẵng International Airport Adminitration, Lê Xuân Tùng, said the two sides had agreed to host two chartered flights between Đà Nẵng and Nagoya in May and August of 2019 as part of a promotion programme to soon launch a daily direct flight in the fourth quarter.

Tùng said the two airport authorities would ink a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during an investment and tourism promotion event in Nagoya on February 20.

He said Chubu Centrair airport – which is one of the eight largest airports in Japan, has a similar capacity to the Đà Nẵng airport as it hosted 11.5 million tourists in 2017, and the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines had operated four chartered flights between Đà Nẵng and Nagoya in 2018 as a prelude to launching a regular air route.

Tùng said the operation of the direct flight aimed to boost investment, trade and tourism between the central city and Nagoya and other Japanese cities.

Vietnamese tourists will be able to enjoy a chartered flight between Đà Nẵng and Nagoya, Japan. — Photo courtesy Vietravel

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.

Vietnam Airlines is currently the largest airline with direct routes between Việt Nam and Japan, with an average of 70 flights per week. Since its first flight in 1994, the carrier has so far transported 11.3 million passengers, accounting for 65 per cent of the market.

It helped link major cities in Việt Nam including Hà Nội, HCM City and Đà Nẵng with Japan’s big cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka.

Japan plans to open a Consulate General in Đà Nẵng to boost tourism and exchanges between Japan and the central city.

Đà Nẵng has 23 international air routes, of which 15 are regular direct flights, hosting 328 flights per week and 2.3 million passengers. — VNS