A cargo air route between the Italian northern city of Brescia and Vietnam ’s Ho Chi Minh City will be launched.

The air route is implemented under an agreement reached by Vietnam ’s carrier Vector Aviation and Italian counterpart Catullo Spa, announced by the Vietnamese Embassy in Italy at a press briefing on May 31 at Garda Aeroporti in Brescia .

At the event, representatives from the Vector Aviation and its Italian counterpart unveiled their agreement’s first phase worth 15 million USD.

Under the agreement, the two sides will operate one flight per week with 65-70 tonne Airbus 330s-freighter between the two cities from this October.

In the second phase from next April, they plan to use Boeing 747s-400F.

Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Hoang Long stressed the project will help promote cooperation programmes in trade, export and import between the two sides and connect Southwestern European countries and the Southeast Asian region.

Opening the direct route shows the increasing demand on cooperation in trade, investment, production between the two countries’ businesses as well as the two regions, the diplomat added.-VNA