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Vietnam opens new north-south express air routes

Friday, August 19, 2016, 10:06 GMT+7
Vietnam opens new north-south express air routes
A diagram of the north-south one-way air route (red lines)

The Vietnam Air Traffic Management (VATM) launched two new express air transit north-south routes Thursday morning.

Under the supervision of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, the flight paths were put into operation at 7:00 am.

The system, featuring two parallel one-way paths instead of a single two-way route connecting the north and south of the country, utilizes RNAV5, an advanced navigation system, to ensure the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The new routes are meant to replace the current two-way path in order to ease air traffic management, while reducing congestion and travel time, according to the VATM.

The company also added that many developed countries have applied the model for long-haul flights to allow aircraft to reach optimal altitudes between major airports.

The VATM explained that the two-way flight path proved ineffective in serving Vietnam’s rapidly expanding aviation market, as flights traveling from both the north and south of the country were squeezed through a single lane, forcing aircraft to adjust their altitude to avoid collision.

According to the VATM, the north-south air route in Vietnam is one of the world’s busiest, with approximately 700 daily flights, covering 35 percent of the country’s flight network.

The Vietnam flight information region, which connects the West and Southwest Asia and the East and Northeast Asian Economic Zones, is one of the busiest flight areas in the world, with more than 2,000 daily flights.

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