Proposed new routes will help attract investment and promote trade exchange between the Mekong Delta and other Vietnamese and foreign localities.

Three domestic routes will connect Can Tho with Danang, Lam Dong and Khanh Hoa and domestic airlines are expected to pick up traffic rights for the services once the routes are approved.

Four international routes will open up to Thailand’s Bangkok, Cambodia’s Siem Reap and cities in Taiwan and South Korea.

However, the international routes still need to be discussed in depth with relevant ministries and agencies who will meet with representatives from domestic and international airlines to assign landing slots and schedules.

Can Tho International Airport is located in Can Tho in Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. The airport was opened 1 January 2011. It was built at a cost of US$150 million and can handle up to 5 million passengers a year.

Can Tho is the fourth largest city in Vietnam, and the largest city in the Mekong Delta.

Last year, the region attracted nearly 24 million tourist arrivals of which 2 million were foreigner. Tourism generated over US$220 million in revenue in 2013 up 11% from 2012.

By Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit - TTR Weekly - February 13, 2014