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|Passengers checking in to the first Vietnam Airlines flight to Van Don|
In its economic development planning, Quang Ninh is one of the three pillars of the key northern economic zone, and also one of the four major tourism centres in Vietnam, home to UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay.
In addition, Quang Ninh is also located on the economic belt between Vietnam and China. Now with Van Don International Airport, Quang Ninh can capitalise on its location, similar to how Hanoi and Haiphong have been flourishing thanks to international airports.
Preparing for a new breakthrough in Quang Ninh province, early last year VNA joined hands with the Quang Ninh People’s Committee to open the route connecting Tan Son Nhat International Airport with Van Don International Airport.
This new route will enhance the connection between the country’s southern and the north-eastern regions, meeting the demand for tourism and trade as well as preparing for the future boom in goods transportation after Van Don officially becomes a special administrative-economic zone (SAEZ).
This route will help complete the flight network of VNA and reinforce the position and image of the national airline in the domestic market.
Getting ready for the first flight to Van Don on December 30, Vietnam Airlines focused on preparing new and synchronous ground equipment.
VNA’s market survey showed that the straight flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Van Don holds great potential. The number of tourists visiting Quang Ninh’s world-famous attractions, such as Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay, Yen Tu Mountain, and Cai Bau Pagoda are already large and will grow stronger when the Sun World Van Don Complex, Sonasea Dragon Bay, Furama Halong Vietnam Resort & Villas come into operation in the future, opening resorts, shopping centre, casino, golf course, and a racecourse to entertain visitors.
VNA’s representative revealed that the Ho Chi Minh City-Van Don route will have one flight per day, with an Airbus A321 aircraft. The plane will take off from Ho Chi Minh City at 14.00 and from Van Don at 16.45, and the flight is scheduled to last for two hours and five minutes.
In the first year, Van Don International Airport expects to welcome about 500,000 passengers. The first phase of Van Don International Airport has a designed capacity of 2.5 million passengers per year, which will increase to five million passengers per year by 2030.
Tickets for the Ho Chi Minh City-Van Don route are available at ticket offices and agents nationwide, as well as VNA’s official website. Prices go from VND800,000 ($34.78) for a one-way ticket on the Economy class (excluding taxes, fees, and surcharges).