The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will make its first scheduled flight from Da Nang to Japan on Dec. 21 and an additional flight from Da Nang to Hong Kong on Dec. 23.

The offering of more direct flights from Da Nang is expected to help boost tourism and investment in the central city.

Additionally, Taiwan ’s TransAsia Airlines has also announced it will operate a direct flight from Taipei to Da Nang on Dec. 26. At first, Transasia Airlines will make two flights a week and plans to increase the frequency in 2010.

Transasia Airlines will be the second foreign airline to make direct flights to Da Nang after Silk Air from Singapore./.