VN Airlines fights for direct US route

National carrier Vietnam Airlines plans to launch the first direct route between Viet Nam and the United States (US) this year, with the destination being either San Francisco or Los Angeles in California.— Photo courtesy of Vietnam Airlines National carrier Vietnam Airlines plans to launch the first direct route between Viet Nam and the United States (US) this year, with the destination being either San Francisco or Los Angeles in California. According to Deputy Director of Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam (CAAV) Vo Huy Cuong, the opening of this route is facing many challenges, especially fierce competition among airlines in the US market. The US airline market is being exploited by many firms, who operate routes from the US to Viet Nam through transit points. There are many options for passengers, as they can fly from the US to Viet Nam via Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China or Malaysia. For example, consider the transit points in Japan and South Korea; each point has two major Japanese and South Korean airlines directly flying to the US, which can connect flights to Viet Nam seamlessly. Meanwhile, passengers who want to fly to Viet Nam from the US’s eastern region can also transit in European countries, such as United Kingdom, France and Germany, before connecting with flights to Viet Nam. “The competition is very fierce; so the Vietnamese airlines planning to fly directly to the US must analyse and evaluate the situation carefully,” said Cuong. In addition… [Read full story]

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