Vietnam’s national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, in coordination with the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan, organised a tourism promotion conference in Tokyo on May 21, during which it announced the opening of its two new air routes to Tokyo in July.

Addressing the conference, Vietnamese Ambassador Doan Xuan Hung declared that the fine relationship between Vietnam and Japan has served as a firm foundation of the development of the two sides’ tourism and aviation sectors, thus helping boost mutual trust and friendship.

Hoang Thanh Quy, director of the Vietnam Airlines representative office in Japan, said the air route between Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport will be launched on July 1 with seven flights a week while a service connecting central Da Nang city with Tokyo Narita Airport will be put into operation on July 16 with four weekly flights.

With the two new air routes, the carrier will have 62 flights to Japan a week, Quy said, adding that the opening of Da Nang-Narita air route aims at increasing foreign visitors’ access to the city and central localities.

Japan is now among the three countries with the most tourists to Vietnam. Last year, more than 600,000 Japanese visited Vietnam, a year-on-year increase of 4.8 percent.-VNA