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Direct Hai Phong - Kunming flights underway

Released at: 14:30, 01/10/2019

Direct Hai Phong - Kunming flights underway

Photo: Ruili Airlines

Flights by China's Ruili Airlines to promote cross-border travel and economic and cultural exchanges.

by Le Diem

The China-based Ruili Airlines has launched flights between Kunming city, the capital of Yunnan province in southwest China, and Vietnam's northern port city of Hai Phong.

Using Boeing 737 aircraft, flights will be operated on a daily basis, departing at 8.25pm (+1 local time) in Kunming and arriving Hai Phong at 8.50pm, and returning at 9.50pm from Hai Phong and landing at 12.30am (+1 local time).

The first direct route connecting Hai Phong and Yunnan will reduce travel time from the previous 15 hours by road to just over one hour by air. This is the second air route between Hai Phong and China, following charter flights to and from Shenzhen.

Addressing the launch ceremony at the city’s Cat Bi International Airport, Deputy Chairman of the Hai Phong City People’s Committee Le Khac Nam said the route would help boost exchange and cooperation between Hai Phong and Yunnan province in particular and between the two countries in general. Hai Phong will create the best conditions possible for the carrier to capitalize on its growth potential and satisfy passengers.

Open since 2016, Cat Bi International Airport is an important airport not only for people in Hai Phong but also for neighboring northern provinces such as Quang Ninh, Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, Hai Duong, and Hung Yen, whose residents can now travel by air to other parts of Vietnam and abroad. Cat Bi meets the 4E standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for an international airport and can serve as a backup for Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.

All domestic airlines and others from Thailand and South Korea have opened flights to and from the airport. Cat Bi is estimated to welcome more than 2.7 million passengers this year, with average annual passenger growth of 10 per cent.

Ruili Airlines, with a fleet of 19 Boeing aircraft, is now operating 61 domestic and ten international routes. It runs 108 flights to 39 cities, including in Vietnam, daily.

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