Airlines reopen direct flights connecting Da Nang and Asian cities
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VNExpress reports that Airlines will begin their flights connecting Da Nang with Hunan (China) and Muan (South Korea) from late April, direct flights from Vientiane to Da Nang, Da Nang–Narita (Japan) increasing the number of airlines restarting operations at the Da Nang International Airport to 28.
The number of tourists coming to visit and stay in Da Nang has grown impressively in recent years. It is expected to reopen some direct international flights to Da Nang this year.
The number of domestic and international visitors visiting and staying in Da Nang has increased dramatically in recent years, putting the city's brand on the map as a safe, attractive, and welcoming international destination. It is expected that Da Nang tourism would encourage the reopening of routes from Asian cities and provinces to Da Nang in 2023, with an emphasis on developing MICE, golf, resort, and luxury beach tourist products.
1. Direct flights from Da Nang to China and Korea cities
Okay Airways and Pacific Airlines will commence flights linking Da Nang with Hunan (China) and Muan (the Republic of Korea) in late April. The services would bring the total number of airlines resuming operations at Da Nang International Airport to 28.
According to a source at the Da Nang International Terminal Investment and Operation JSC, Okay Airways plans to reconnect Da Nang and Hunan, China, with three regular flights per week beginning May 2, while Pacific Airlines will resume chartered flights between Muan (South Korea) and Da Nang with 30 flights from April 28 to October 9.
Moreover, Vietnam Airlines also said that they will restart Da Nang–Guangzhou flights on Mondays and Fridays from April 24 to October 27. Between April and October, the airlines will connect Da Nang to Shanghai and Da Nang to Chengdu on Thursdays and Sundays. Vietnam Airlines has already started four flights from Da Nang to Bangkok, Thailand, as well as daily flights from Da Nang to Incheon, South Korea.
2. Vietnam Airlines resumes direct flights between Da Nang and Narita (Japan)
As reported by VNExpress, Vietnam Airlines will restart direct service between the central seaside city of Da Nang and Tokyo's Narita Airport with four flights per week beginning March 26.
The airline's deputy general director Trinh Ngoc Thanh stressed at the official signing ceremony on March 3 that cooperation with the central city has been positively growing since the previous five-year deal in 2018-22.
Ngo Thi Kim Yen, Deputy Chairperson of the city's People's Committee, also at the signing ceremony, stated that the two sides committed to developing investment, commerce, tourism, and attractions over the next five years, with an emphasis on full post-Covid economic recovery. She stated that the arrangement will help enhance tourism in Da Nang through Vietnam Airlines flights to and from the city. Moreover, the city will promote the national flag carrier's international and domestic aviation routes during tourist and cultural events.
The airline added, in the first phase, from March 26 to June 30, the Narita–Da Nang route would have four flights per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Beginning July 1, Vietnam Airlines plans to fly daily with a frequency of seven flights per week to enhance tourism and trade between Japan and central Vietnam.
3. Lao Airlines resumes direct flights from Vientiane to Da Nang
Laos was one of Da Nang's top ten tourist sources last year, accounting for over 10,000 arrivals and 2% of total international visitors. Previously, Lao Airlines resumed direct flights to Hanoi.
The commercial director of Lao Airlines, Noudeng Chanthaphasouk, stated in a statement that the resumption of the direct route, which was popular among tourists before the Covid-19 epidemic, will fulfill increased demand for visitors in the region following the relaxation of travel restrictions.
Lao Airlines flew 150 passengers from Vientiane to Da Nang on March 30, resuming a direct aviation route that had been closed for more than three years due to COVID. There will be two flights every week, on Thursdays and Sundays.
According to the VNExpress report, Do Trong Hau, Deputy General Director of the airport operation company, noted that the terminal has greatly improved service quality while also hastening the digitization of operations since 2021. On Friday evenings, the company, in partnership with the Hoi An Art Troupe, conducts traditional art performances in the boarding lobby while serving passengers.
Skytrax, a consulting firm that rates airline and airport star ratings, has awarded four stars to Da Nang International Airport, which is expected to handle 28 million passengers and 200,000 metric tons of cargo by 2030, making it the only airport in Vietnam among the top 23 four-star airports in Asia. With airlines gradually resuming direct flights or establishing new routes to Danang International Airport, it will boost Da Nang tourism, which is no longer considered a transit point on the way to explore Vietnam.
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