Flights may start later this year, to the benefit of both countries.
H.E. Preeti Saran, Ambassador of India to Vietnam, said that the indirect flights via Bangkok (which opened on November 2014) have not been effective due to the long flight time. She hoped a direct route would be opened, in accordance with the plans of the two governments. She made the remarks on the afternoon of May 19 at a meeting with the Ministry of Transport.
India is the second most populous country in the world, the Ambassador said, with economic growth in 2014 of 8 per cent. Trade between the two countries has seen many positive results, making a direct flight become increasingly necessary.
Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang agreed that the indirect flights are unsatisfactory. Both India and Vietnam are major economic markets, so direct flights are an absolute must, he said.
A representative from Vietnam Airlines has said that it is planning to open a direct route from Ho Chi Minh City to Mumbai in India, sometimes towards the end of the year.
Direct flights would contribute to the cooperative relationship between Vietnam and India in various fields, especially tourism. There are many travel agencies in Vietnam wishing to take visitors to India, so the potential is huge.