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Vietnam Airlines launches HCMC - Quang Ninh flights

Released at: 19:29, 04/12/2018

Vietnam Airlines launches HCMC - Quang Ninh flights

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Flights from southern city to Van Don International Airport to begin on December 30.

by Ngoc Lan

Vietnam Airlines has officially launched connecting flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Quang Ninh province through Van Don International Airport, starting from December 30.

This is the key content of a strategic cooperation agreement between the Quang Ninh Provincial People’s Committee and Vietnam Airlines.

The national flag carrier will operate one return Ho Chi Minh City - Van Don flight daily using Airbus A321 aircraft. Flights depart Ho Chi Minh City at 2pm and return from Van Don at 4.45pm. The expected flight time is two hours and five minutes.

Tickets are now available at only VND800,000 ($34) per leg in economy class (excluding taxes, fees, and surcharges), at ticket offices and agents nationwide and on its official website.

The route will help strengthen connections between the south and northeast Vietnam, meeting needs in tourism in trade between Ho Chi Minh City - the largest financial and economic center in the country - with Quang Ninh and neighboring provinces, and at the same time will meet future demand for the transportation of goods when Van Don officially becomes a special economic zone.

To prepare for the new route, Vietnam Airlines has focused on new ground equipment, introducing procedure systems with the latest features, training officials and employees, improving facilities, and reviewing work processes.

Invested by the Sun Group to the tune of VND7.7 trillion ($333 million), construction of the Van Don International Airport began in March 2016 and it is expected to go into full operations this month, serving both civil and military flights with a 3.6 km-long runway.

With nine routes to come, capable of serving around 7,000 passengers each day, annual capacity is expected to be 2-2.5 million passengers by 2020, increasing to 5 million by 2030.

Van Don International Airport features support facilities, a two-module terminal, and other functional areas. A cargo terminal is expected to be built by 2030 with a capacity of at least 51,000 tonnes.

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