On Wednesday, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, who is on a three-day visit to the Southeast Asian country, launched four new airline routes between India and Vietnam.
Birla and Vietnam's National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue not only restored direct air connections between the two nations that had been interrupted in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, but also inaugurated air services on new routes, according to a release from the Lok Sabha Secretariat.
VietJet, a Vietnamese airline, operated regular flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to New Delhi prior to the onset of the epidemic.
However, during the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, these services were halted. According to the statement, these flights have now resumed during Birla’s visit to Vietnam.
- Vietjet announced on Wednesday that beginning April 29, it will operate six flights between India and Vietnam in a phased way.
- Flights between Delhi and Hanoi and Delhi and Ho Chi Minh City will resume on April 29 and 30, respectively.
- Birla’s four new flights will connect Hanoi to Mumbai, Ho Chi Minh City to Mumbai, and Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s southern tourist island, to New Delhi and Mumbai.
- These new routes will be served by Vietjet.
- Flights between Mumbai and Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will begin on June 3 and 4, respectively, while flights between Phu Quoc and Mumbai and New Delhi will begin in the second week of September.
Birla stated during the event that the new and improved connectivity between Vietnam and India will offer commercial and tourism prospects, boosting both nations’ economies.
After a two-year suspension owing to the epidemic, India resumed scheduled foreign passenger flights on March 27.
During this time, just a few international passenger flights to and from India were available because to air bubble agreements with select countries.
There was no similar air bubble agreement between India and Vietnam.
In the presence of Birla and Hue, an agreement of understanding for a joint venture between Galaxy Digital Holdings, the Sovico Group of Vietnam, and Tech Mahindra Limited of India was also inked.
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