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First Vietnam Airlines' international flight to Van Don lands

Released at: 13:51, 06/06/2019

First Vietnam Airlines' international flight to Van Don lands

Photo source: Vietnam Airlines

Flight from Seoul touches down at airport in Quang Ninh province on June 6.

by Ngoc Lan

The first international flight of Vietnam Airlines and of Vietnam’s aviation sector to land at Van Don International Airport touched down on June 6, after departing from Seoul.

The A321 aircraft had nearly 200 passengers on board and kicked off connections between northern Quang Ninh province, where Van Don is located, and global travelers.

The Seoul - Quang Ninh route will continue to be exploited in the months to come, with Vietnam Airlines studying the possibility of opening more international routes to and from Van Don.

The first commercial flight to Van Don on December 30, 2018 was also carried out by Vietnam Airlines, on the Ho Chi Minh City - Quang Ninh route. The national flag carrier is now operating the route daily.

After nearly half a year, nearly 40,000 passengers have been carried to Van Don International Airport on Vietnam Airlines’ flights, with the total of all carriers standing at about 95,000 passengers on nearly 750 flights.

Expanding international and domestic routes to and from Van Don is one of the key elements in the strategic cooperation agreement between the Quang Ninh Provincial People’s Committee and Vietnam Airlines.

The carrier’s flights to Van Don will help the province to achieve its target of hosting 15-16 million visitors, including 7 million international visitors, by 2020, and 30 million visitors, including 15 million international visitors, by 2030. It will also help make tourism a key economic sector and see Quang Ninh become an international tourism center, under overall planning for tourism development in the province to 2020 and vision to 2030.

Located in Doan Ket commune in Van Don district, construction of the airport began in 2015. It covers 288 ha and was the first such facility in Vietnam to operate under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) form.

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