Airlines will officially open its direct flights to
Frankfurt, Germany, as from June 20, nearly six months
ahead of schedule amid the increasing number of passengers
from Germany to Vietnam.
According to deputy general
director of the Vietnam Airlines Corporation Pham
Ngoc Minh, German visitors to Vietnam numbered 70,000
in 2004, an increase of around 70 percent from the
Mr Minh said that Vietnam Airlines will initially
offer two flights from Hanoi and one flight from Ho
Chi Minh City to Frankfurt and visa versa every week.
So far, all seats on these flights to be in June and
July have been booked.
The direct flights will save passengers around five
hours in comparison with the existing flights, which
require a transit in Russia.
Currently, Vietnam Airlines is negotiating with German
air carrier Lufthansa to provide code-sharing service
on the Germany-Vietnam route, scheduled to begin in
winter this year.
Mr Minh also revealed that the Vietnam Civil Aviation
Administration is negotiating to open direct flights
to the US. It is also in negotiations with Japan,
the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan for permission to
make a transit in one of their airports before flying
to the US, he added.