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Schedule of five flights a week began on June 27 from Istanbul to Hanoi and HCMC to Instabul.
Turkish Airlines opened Istanbul - Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City - Istanbul flights on July 27, with five flights a week.
Airbus 330-300 aircraft with 288 seats will be used.
A roundtrip ticket will cost about $865, including taxes, airport fees and other surcharges. On October 31 the airline will the weekly flight frequency to seven.
Turkish Airlines has been voted the best European airline for five consecutive years by Skytrax. With this new route Turkish Airlines not only provides more choice for travelers from both countries but also expands its network in Asia Pacific.
The new routes also play an important role in bolstering cooperation between the two countries.
In the first four month of 2015 Turkey unexpectedly took second place on the list of countries and territories investing in Vietnam, behind South Korea, according to figures from the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA).
It became among the largest investors with the Hyosung Co.’s $660 million investment in southern Dong Nai province producing and processing yarn. South Korea’s investment stood at $980 million.
In the first five months Vietnam welcomed 20.7 million airline passengers, a 30.4 per cent increase year-on-year. International passengers totaled 9.4 million, up 28.1 per cent, with domestic passengers at 11.3 million, up 32.4 per cent. There were also 335 tonnes of cargo transported to Vietnam by air in the period, up 4.1 per cent.
Vietnamese airlines had 43.1 per cent of the international passenger market share in the period. The ratio in first four months was 43 per cent and 48.1 per cent in the first four months of last year.
Looking at the number in the first four months, Head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) Lai Xuan Thanh said that the figures do not mean that local airlines have not grown. The decline in international market share is in fact due to an increase in flights by international airlines to Vietnam, which proves the attractiveness of the country.
He added that he expects the figure will fall further, to 40 per cent, as more international airlines come to Vietnam.
The Ministry of Transport targets that by 2020 the country’s aviation sector will stand in fifth place in ASEAN, accounting for 3.23 per cent of passenger transport and 0.04 per cent of cargo transport. International passengers will account for 45.9 per cent of the aviation market.
Vietnam has 48 domestic routes connecting Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City with 18 local airports. Its has seven international airports - Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat, Da Nang, Cam Ranh, Phu Quoc, Hue, Can Tho and Cat Bi (the newest).