The first flight from Bangkok landed at Can Tho airport on July 21 (Source: VNA)
Flights linking the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho and Bangkok, Thailand will be halted as of the afternoon of August 6 after just more than two weeks of operation. 

The air route was launched on a trial basis on July 21 as the outcome of cooperation between Can Tho authorities, leading Vietnamese tour operator Vietravel, the Thai Administration of Tourism and the Thai Vietjet Air. 

However, Director for the southwest region of Vietravel Truong Van Vinh said that during the trial period, there was an increase in the number of passengers from Can Tho to Bangkok but a strong decrease in the number of passengers from Bangkok to Can Tho. 

As such, the company decided to close the air route and will resume services around the Lunar New Year, which will fall in February next year, and the summer of 2016 to serve people in the region, he added. 

Can Tho airport, one of two airports in the Mekong Delta region, handled over 225,000 passengers in the first six months of this year, a rise of 72 percent annually but far lower than its designed capacity of 3 million passengers per year. 

Currently, the airport is serving regular flights to Hanoi, Da Nang, Phu Quoc, Da Lat and Con Dao, and to Taipei (China’s Taiwan) during the Lunar New Year holiday.-VNA