Air Astana will explore the possibility of flying to Hanoi after the Kazakh airline launched a service to HCM City, according to its president, Peter Foster.

Air Astana will consider plans for the new route as well as more flights between Kazakhstan ’s capital Almaty and HCM City by the end of this year.

Earlier this year, Air Astana began the Almaty- HCM City service via Bangkok and also a direct service using Boeing B757s between the two cities.

According to the General Statistics Office, Russians accounted for more than 54,000 out of the 1.21 million foreign arrivals in Vietnam in the first two months, a year-on-year increase of 38 percent.-VNA