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Wednesday, 05 December, 2018, 17 : 00 PM [IST]

Vietnam hopes early resolution on Vietjet’s favourable time-slot plea to begin Delhi operations

Vietnam is hopeful of an early resolution from the civil aviation agencies in India to their request for a favourable time slot to enable the private Vietnamese carrier, Vietjet to begin the proposed Delhi – Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi operations. Although the carrier was supposed to begin its India operations from April this year, the same could not happen initially because of the capacity issue and later on due to unfavourable time slot at Delhi. The time slot allotted was not favourable for Vietjet because of lack of night landing system at the arrival airport of Ho Chi Minh City.

Speaking to TravelBiz Monitor on the sidelines of Vietnam Tourism roadshow in Delhi, Pham Sanh Chau, Ambassador of Vietnam to India, Nepal and Bhutan, Socialialist Republic of Vietnam, said that the issue has been taken up at the highest political leadership level during the recent visit of Indian President, Ram Nath Kovind to Vietnam and they expect an early resolution on the issue. “They are looking for a mid-night slot from Delhi so that they can land in Ho Chi Minh City early morning,” he said.  “At the moment, we are waiting for a favourable response from the Indian airport authorities,” the Ambassador added.

To a question on exploring Indian low-cost carriers’ interest to open direct connections to Vietnam, Ambassador Chau said that he would hold talks with them to convince about the growing demand for direct connectivity between Vietnam and India. Apart from growing interest in Vietnam as a tourist destination, the Ambassador said that trade between the two countries has been growing and registered a growth of 47% last year. The bilateral trade between the two countries which is currently stands at about USD 11 billion is expected to touch USD 15 billion by 2020, he said.

Talking about tourism, the Ambassador said that the inbound has been growing consistently 30% year on year, and has become a major income generator for Vietnam. Around 13 million tourists visited the country last year. The target is to receive 16 million international tourists by 2020, he said. While Europe has been traditionally the key source market for Vietnam, Russia and China are key emerging ones.

As per Vietnam Tourism, 1 lakh Indian tourists visited the country last year.
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