Airlines in Vietnam are optimistic that the frequency of flights between China and Vietnam is gradually ‘warming up,’ with many Chinese airlines seeking to operate more flights to the Southeast Asian nation as soon as next month.
China recently announced a list of 20 countries where its companies can operate tours to, but Vietnam was not included on the list.
Vietnamese airlines said they are not too worried because the frequency of flights between the two countries is gradually increasing.
Many aviation service companies said they were busy working with their Chinese airline partners earlier this month.
Saigon Ground Services JSC (SAGS) stated that the aviation market is having spectacular recovery, with Chinese airlines rushing to resume flights to major airports in Vietnam such as Tan Son Nhat, Noi Bai, and Cam Ranh.
Officials of multiple major Chinese carriers will arrive in Ho Chi Minh City to promote travel between the two countries in March.
An official of Sichuan Airlines said that the firm is planning to operate three flights per week to Vietnam starting March 1 and will later increase the frequency from 10-14 flights a week.
Similarly, Xiamen Airlines, Hainan Airlines, and Shenzhen Airlines are also making plans to resume flights to Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
Meanwhile, Ruili Airlines and Tianjin Airlines intend to operate about two to three flights a week to central Da Nang City and south-central Khanh Hoa Province.
In the opposite direction, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines announced the resumption of five routes between Vietnam and China starting in March and April.
Vietnam Airlines is expected to operate three flights a week along the Hanoi-Beijing route in March, as well as four flights per week along routes connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with Guangzhou and Shanghai in April.
Nguyen Quoc Ky, chairman of Vietravel, said that aviation and tourism activities will ‘warm up’ in the near future, especially with the comeback of large markets such as China in April.