The first scheduled flight of a new route by Qatar Airways landed at Da Nang International Airport on December 19. (Photo: VNA)

Da Nang (VNA) – The first scheduled flight of a new route by Qatar Airways landed at Da Nang International Airport on December 19, with 192 passengers on board.

Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Vo Cong Tri welcomed and presented flowers to the first foreign tourists on this new air route.

According to Vice Director of the municipal Department of Tourism Nguyen Xuan Binh, the direct Doha-Da Nang air route plays an important role in the city’s ambitious plan to welcome 15 million visitors by 2030.

The Vietnamese central city wants to work closely with Qatar Airways to enhance its connection with the world and bring more tourists from Western Europe and North America to the city, thus realising its tourism development plan, he said.

Bestowed with beautiful natural landscapes, the charming Da Nang city offers marvellous views of Da Nang Bay, gorgeous beaches, and the stunning Marble Mountains, making it an ideal destination for relaxing vacations. The city has seen a substantial increase in the number of visitors, with 6.6 million people in 2017, doubling the figure in 2013.

In 2015, Da Nang was listed among the top 52 places to visit by the New York Times.

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of Qatar, is celebrating more than 20 years of “Going Places Together” with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations.  Qatar Airways was named “World’s Best Business Class” by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named “Best Business Class Seat”, “Best Airline in the Middle East”, and “World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge”.

The central coastal city has become the third Vietnamese destination on the award-winning airline’s global network, following Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. As scheduled, the carrier offers four flights per week with a Boeing 787-8 aircraft, featuring 22 seats in business class and 232 seats in economy.

The flights take off at Doha on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; and depart from Da Nang on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.–VNA