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Da Nang (VNA) - The low-cost carrier Jetstar Asia official launched its direct air route linking Singapore and Da Nang, central Vietnam, as its first flight with 180 passengers landed in Da Nang Airport on late November 27.

One hour late, a return flight took off from Da Nang to Singapore.

The airline operates three flights a week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, using 180-seat Airbus A320 aircraft on the new route.

General Director of Jetstar Asia Barathan Pasupathi, who was also present on the flight, said the route is expected to attract travel agencies, tour operators and entrepreneurs, who usually travel to Singapore for tourism, shopping and working purposes.

Jetstar Asia is the first low-cost airline has launched a route connecting Da Nang and Singapore, Pasupathi stressed, adding that his firm opens nine indirect air routes to Singapore’s Changi Airport.

Deputy Director of Da Nang city Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tran Chi Cuong said the opening of the Da Nang-Singapore flight service will facilitate tourism development between Vietnam and Singapore.

Da Nang is an attractive destination for foreign tourists, Cuong said, adding the city hopes to welcome 4.6 million visitors in 2015, including 1.25 million foreigners.-VNA