Fourteen international airlines have signed in a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in promoting and opening new routes to Hue, Vietnam’s former Imperial Capital and a World Heritage Site recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

The agreement was reached at a tourism promotion workshop held on August 23 in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue that attracted 27 airlines and 20 travel agents from various countries, mostly of Southeast and North Asia, and Vietnamese top ten travel agents.

Provincial People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Ngoc Thien pledged to offer best available conditions for international airline giants to open commercial flights to Hue city.

The provincial leader said the International Phu Bai Airport has been approved by the Government to upgrade itself into a commercial gate to attract foreign tourists, especially from the Sub-Mekong region and the Asia-Pacific.

The province will provide assorted services with preferential policies for airlines, including financial support in the initial stage for those airlines which open commercial flights to Hue.

The Central Region Airport Corporation offered price subsidies to some aviation services for those airlines which begin to use services of the Phu Bai airport.

“Special incentives will be given to those flights out of rush hours at the Phu Bai airport”, said the corporation representative at the workshop./.