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Moscow-Nha Trang direct route to open

VNA

Updated : 01/30/2013 09:20 GMT + 7

The national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, launched a direct air route, connecting Moscow of Russia and central coastal Nha Trang of Vietnam, on January 28.

The new direct route will create favourable conditions for Russian tourists as well as other foreigners wishing to visit beauty spots in central southern region of Vietnam, thus helping realise the national tourism strategy.

The first flight will be scheduled for April 5 with one weekly flight on Friday in summer, using Boeing 777-200. The frequency will be two flights a week as from the next winter.

On this occasion, the carrier will launch promotion campaign, offering a 10 percent discount for two-way tickets for the route until June 30.

Vietnam has become a popular destination for Russian tourists not only in winter but also during the summer season.

According to statistics released last June, the number of Russian tourists to Vietnam recorded a year-on-year increase of over 56 percent in May 2012, bringing the figure for the first five months of the year to 86,681.

With between 18,000-19,000 Russian holiday makers visiting Vietnam each month, Russia is now in the top ten countries with most visitors to Vietnam .

Phan Thiet and Nha Trang have always been popular with Russians, but this summer, other central coastal provinces are attracting large numbers of Russian tourists.

Travel agents say that each day, Da Nang airport receives one charter flight from Russia with almost 200 passengers on board.

Da Nang expects to receive around 12,000 Russian tourists between the end of May and August this year.