Regular flights to Vietnam resume
An inaugural flight ceremony was held yesterday at the Macau International Airport to commemorate the first Macau - Da Nang flight of Vietnam Airlines, now providing two flights a week by the 184-seat Airbus 321 aircraft.
Four years ago, Viva Macau was the only airline providing direct flights to Vietnam, but stopped its operation in April 2010 due to bankruptcy. During the ceremony, Vietnam Airlines General Manager for Southern China, Vu Manh Cuong, gave a speech stating that “Da Nang is one of the six most beautiful beaches in the world, one of the 50 destinations worth visiting in one’s life”. He also added that with the new services, Vietnam Airlines shall further contribute to the development of the Vietnam-China diplomatic, economic (including trade and investment), as well as cultural and tourist relations.
Mr Eric Fong, Director of Marketing Department of CAM was also present at the ceremony, and mentioned that at the end of April 2012, Macau International Airport’s passenger traffic volume and aircraft movements recorded a growth of 8.5% and 2.3% respectively, compared to the same period of last year. He also revealed that traffic from Mainland China and Southeast Asia recorded a 36% and 3.4% increase respectively, with a market share of 37% for Southeast Asia, 33% for Mainland China, and 30% for Taiwan.
Eric Fong believes that the launch of this flight service is aspirational for the Macau and Da Nang tourism markets. It will attract more tourists to both cities, and strengthen the cooperation in routes development.
Macau Daily Times - April 27, 2012