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Wednesday, 13 December, 2017, 10 : 00 AM [IST]

Vietnam expects major push in Indian traffic with proposed direct connectivity by VietJet

Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the nodal agency entrusted to promote Destination Vietnam, is expecting a major boost in Indian traffic with the proposed direct connectivity by Vietnamese private airline, VietJet Air, from coming summer. The airline is said to have been allocated a slot to operate on Delhi – Ho Chi Minh City direct flight in the summer schedule commencing on March 27, 2018. An official of the Bird Group, the GSA for the VietJet Air in India, while confirming the Delhi-Ho Chi Minh City operation schedule, said that the airline will start with four frequencies in a week on the route deploying Airbus A320, an all economy fleet. While the intention is to start both Delhi and Mumbai routes, he said that the airline is still waiting for slots in Mumbai.

He said that the GSA will open the booking for the trade for the summer schedule in the next one month’s time. He said that the airline has long-term plans to increase the weekly frequencies to 14 flights between the two destinations.

Earlier, speaking to TravelBiz Monitor, Nguyen Quy Phuong, Director-Travel Industry Management, Department of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said that everyone is keen to see the direct connectivity between India and Vietnam which will provide huge impetus to travel between the two destinations.  While major chunk of Indian traffic to Vietnam now is business travel, Phuong said that direct connectivity will support more leisure and MICE traffic from India to Vietnam.  With direct flights, travellers need not have to spend long hours transiting at Bangkok or Singapore, he said.

Phuong said that Vietnam has 3,000 km of coastline with pristine beaches and luxury resorts to cater to leisure travellers. From Ha Long in the North to the Southern Islands of Phu Quoc, with Da Nang at the Centre, the country offers variety in terms of experiences, he said.

Around 85,000 Indians visited Vietnam last year, which is a 30% increase compared to the preceding year, he said. Vietnam has extended e-visa for Indian nationals from this month onwards which makes Indian travellers eligible for 30-day single entry electronic visa.

Talking about Vietnamese outbound, Phuong said that the direct connectivity is a big opportunity for India to tap the emerging Vietnamese outbound.‘Vietnamese tourists are big spenders. Around six million Vietnamese travel abroad every year and growing. They are looking for newer destinations,’ he added.
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