Other new international services from other airlines will likely follow, including to China, boosting tourism in Can Tho and the Mekong River region of southern Vietnam.

Can Tho is the latest in a growing list of secondary Vietnamese airports to become international. Vietnam currently has seven airports with scheduled international services but six years ago, in early 2013, the country had only three: the main cities of Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi and Da Nang.

Nha Trang gained international status in 2013, followed by Phu Quoc in 2014, Hai Phong in 2015 and Da Lat in 2017. Vinh also gained international status in 2014 but does not currently have any scheduled international flights.

CAPA - Centre for Aviation - February 14, 2019