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Vietnam Air conducts more flights to Da Nang

2011-05-17 (GMT + 7)

Vietnam Airlines has operated two more flights a day from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to Da Nang Airport to cater to rising demand for air travel to this central airport during a one-month closure of Phu Bai International Airport.

As scheduled, the national flagship carrier adds one daily flight from each of Tan Son Nhat Airport and Noi Bai Airport to Da Nang using its Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft during the shutdown of Phu Bai Airport from May 13 till June 13. With these additional services, the airline provides 1,600-1,850 seats per sector every day on the Hanoi-Da Nang route and 2,200-2,400 seats per sector on the Ho Chi Minh City-Da Nang run.

The extra flights represent seating capacity increases of 56% on the Hanoi-Da Nang route and 49% on the other route. Currently, Vietnam Airlines performs 11 daily flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang and nine daily flights from Hanoi.

More than one week ago, Jetstar Pacific suspended its two daily services from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Bai Airport in Thua Thien-Hue Province, which is about 100 kilometers from Da Nang. Now, the budget carrier has four daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang and two from Hanoi.

To transport passengers between Da Nang and Hue, authorities of Thua Thien-Hue Province have arranged buses when the 2,700-meter-long runway of Phu Bai Airport is being upgraded. About 40 quality buses are in place to serve passengers, and a trip between the two destinations costs VND130,000 (around US$6.3).

The Thua Thien-Hue Transport Association has arranged 10-16 bus trips to serve passengers between Da Nang Airport and 333B An Duong Vuong Street in Hue City in the initial time. More buses will be put into service depending on demand and until the re-opening of Phu Bai Airport.

Source: The Saigon times

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