Tran Quang Thanh, deputy director of the city’s Department of Departure, Culture and Tourism, said the opening of new international routes is made possible owing to the new international terminal of Danang Airport that has just started operation.

Danang is also planning air service between the city with Can Tho in the Mekong Delta in the coming time.

The new terminal at the airport has facilitated the opening of new international air links this year, including the routes connecting Danang with Russia’s Far East and China’s Hangzhou, Nanjing and Macau.

Several international air carriers have also increased the frequency of their direct flights to Danang. For instance, Korean Air and Asiana Airlines have increased the number of flights to Danang from two to three or four a week. Similarly, Silk Air of Singapore has started operating five flights a week to the city instead of four flights like before.

There have been eight direct international air services to Danang as of now. Among the services, the three regular routes are Singapore-Danang-Siem Riep operated by Silk Air with five flights a week, Kuala Lumpur-Danang operated by AirAsia with four flights a week and Incheon-Danang run by Asiana Korean Airlines and Korean Air with seven flights a week.

The remainder are five direct chartered flights, including Guangzhou-Danang, Hangzhou-Danang and Macau-Danang with eight flights a week launched by Vietnam Airlines, Kunming-Danang by China Eastern Airlines with two weekly flights, and Nanjing-Danang by China Southern Airlines with two weekly flights.

Thanh said the launch of the aforesaid direct international air connections has helped attract large numbers of tourists to Danang.

“The foreign arrivals to Danang in all 2012 via direct international air services are estimated at 157,500, jumping by up to 236.2% year-on-year,” he added.

By Hai Dang - The Saigon Times Daily - November 22, 2012