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Russia, Singapore in talks to reopen regular flights to Vietnam

Russia, Singapore in talks to reopen regular flights to Vietnam

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 17:34 GMT+7
Russia, Singapore in talks to reopen regular flights to Vietnam
An aircraft of air carrier Vietnam Airlines at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Tuan Phung / Tuoi Tre

The Russian and Singaporean ambassadors to Vietnam both expressed wishes to relaunch regular commercial flight routes from their countries to Vietnam during two working sessions with the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport on Tuesday. 

Discussing with Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The, Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Gennady Bezdetko pushed for a solution for transport services between the two countries, many of which were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing commercial flights, Ambassador Bezdetko suggested an early reopening of regular flight routes connecting the two countries to appease the demand for travel among tourists, investors, and students.

In response, Minister The affirmed his agency’s ambition to further the linkage in transport between Vietnam and Russia, which will help elevate the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries. 

The minister also conveyed his wish to continue the discussion of reopening flights from Russia’s big cities to economic and tourism hubs in Vietnam, such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang, to help citizens of both countries make family visits as well as touristic and business trips. 

Also on Tuesday, the Vietnamese transport minister met and discussed with Jaya Ratnam, Singaporean Ambassador to Vietnam, a possible resumption of regular flights between the two countries. 

The Singaporean diplomat stated his hope for an early resumption of transport between the two countries, including reopening of regular flight routes.

Many businesses in Singapore are looking for long-term cooperation with Vietnamese partners, as they have trust in investments in the country, the ambassador added.

He is willing to connect Vietnamese businesses and agencies with funding bodies from the Singaporean government, who may provide finance and cooperate with Vietnamese counterparts in transport infrastructure projects, among others.

The Vietnamese minister asked Singapore to share experience in building and managing smart cities, smart transport, as well as helping Vietnam in aviation, sea, and land transport training.

Minister The and the Singaporean ambassador reached an agreement on further cooperation between the two countries’ relevant bodies, which will help achieve a consensus on vaccine certificate acceptance, among other requirements for air passengers to travel from Vietnam to Singapore and vice versa. 

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