16 MAY 2016
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Big increases in domestic flights are being planned by Vietnam Airlines and Cambodia’s flag carrier, Cambodia Angkor Air – in which Vietnam Air holds a 49% stake – to cater for growing traffic to the countries.
The number of international visitors last year reached a record 7.9m, with the two carriers saying Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are increasingly being viewed as the natural gateways to Indochina, “challenging the likes of Bangkok and Singapore”.
The two airlines are also introducing new and additional connections between the countries, as well as further links to and from Laos and Myanmar during 2016.
Features of Vietnam Air’s new programme include a 20%-plus increase on its trunk routes linking Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, currently averaging 22 flights a day; Ho Chi Minh City and Danang (average 15 flights a day), and Hanoi and Danang (average 12). Services are by Airbus A321.
Cambodia Angkor Air will introduce a six-times-a-week service linking Sihanoukville with Ho Chi Minh City, effective 17 June, along with a thrice-weekly service between Siem Reap and Danang, effective 1 July. Both will be serviced by ATR72 aircraft, with other flights also using A321s.
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