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Fly directly through Vietjet to Hanoi; India will be bigger than Heathrow soon, says Hardeep Puri

By Shruti | PUBLISHED: 14, Feb 2020, 19:17 pm IST | UPDATED: 14, Feb 2020, 20:58 pm IST

Fly directly through Vietjet to Hanoi; India will be bigger than Heathrow soon, says Hardeep Puri New Delhi: The much awaited direct flight from New Delhi to Hanoi and Da Nang city in Vietnam is soon to take off. The ticket can be booked online through GDS global booking system or through travel agents OTP. It can also be booked from Vietjetair website or their FB page.

Vietjet announced the inaugural flight at a glittering ceremony in Delhi in the presence of the Vice President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, and the Minister of State Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri. The Vice President of Vietnam was accompanied by a large delegation of ministers and officials from Vietnam. The Ambassador of Vietnam to India Pham San Chou was present at the event.

The demand for a direct flight from Delhi to Vietnam is increasing and the Vietnam mission in India has been working overtime to facilitate it. Vice Chairman of Vietjetair Nguyen Thanh Hung said, ‘With a direct flight we would like to help promote tourism and trade. With enhanced connectivity we would like to enhance relations between India and Vietnam. India is a key market for us and every route is an investment.’’

He informed that there has been 85% occupancy in the Vietjet inaugural flight. There will be 4 flights in a week from Saigon to Mumbai and 3 flights from Hanoi to Mumbai. He also informed that there has been a travelers increase from India to Vietnam from 18 million in 2018 and they expect 20 million travelers by 2020. The Vice Chairman said they are also planning new activities in pilgrim sector like Buddhism tourism other than the Honeymoon sector. Vietjet has carried 20,000 travelers till now since December, he said.

On the concern of Corona Virus Hung said, ‘’We have set up a committee for preventing the disease spread. We have operated 60 flights to China to bring back our people to Vietnam. We follow all WHO regulations strictly and we have cancelled all flights to China from Feburary.’’ All passengers who have been in China for last 45 days will not be allowed to enter Vietnam territory, Ambassador Chau informed.

Complimenting Vietjet in the same strain as Indian carrier Indigo, which is flying to Vietnam directly, Chief Guest at the inaugural function, Hardeep Puri said, ‘’With the new airport at Jewar, a 6 runway airport of international standards coming up soon, Vietnam airlines will get enough slots and they needn’t worry.’’ With India’s national carrier Air India soon set to get privatized Puri informed, ‘In 1975 Delhi airport had a capacity of close to 1 million per annum. Today it is bursting at the seams, it already is carrying 70 million passengers. It will be carrying 100 million passengers even before we add the 4th runway. In a few years from now Delhi and airports in close vicinity will be carrying 140 million passengers soon and we will be the world’s largest airports in infrastructure in the world.’’

Heathrow carries a 100 million passengers is the largest aviation complex in the world.

As per statistics India today is the world’s 3rd largest civil aviation sector and in the coming years with the capacity the way we are increasing both in the number of carriers and the planes we are flying and in the number of airports and number of passengers India will be very soon be the 3rd largest aviation market not just for domestic but worldwide.

Puri said, ‘’India and Vietnam not only have common struggle for one rule and independence but we have also shared traditionally close cultural and bilateral relations.’’ As per statistics of Vietnam authorities, nearly 169,000 Indian tourists visited Vietnam while 34000 tourists India from Vietnam. This is despite direct connectivity.

Vietnam is presently an economic powerhouse having great potential for bilateral relations. Trade grew at the rate of 12.81% and reached 13.69 billion in 2018. From April to Nov 2019 data it has reached 9 billion. Vietnam is the 4th largest trading partner with India among the ASEAN countries and 8th largest destination of Indian exports globally. Diplomatic relations between India and Vietnam were established in 1982. There is an air services agreement signed between both countries in July 2013. In the coming years 4 centres in India are set to become aviation hubs namely Kolkata, catering to Southeast Asia and beyond, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore/ Hyderabad. India has at least 750 civil aviation aircrafts in the sky, the Aviation minister said. ‘Indian Civil aviation will be rising upto 2000 aircrafts in the sky in the years to come. Civil aviation with a penetration of 8% is growing at a double digit figure.’’

On the occasion an MoU was signed between Voice of China and Asian News India for information collaboration.

Vietjet is a low cost airline flying more than 400 flights per day on 140 routes including UK, Japan, India, Korea being some of them. It offers 3 catogorised special service, SkyBoss, Inflight and Priority services which include priority check in, 10kg handbag, seat priority, luxury lounge, private SkyBoss car, free meals n drinks on and off board, free flight schedule change. Inflight has 9 hot meals and diversified menu and entertainment activities like dancing, singing, magic shows, weddings and surprise gifts. Vietjet is using Airbus 320 and 321.
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