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Hanoi (VNA) – The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has been granted with the Best Airlines of The Year award at the ongoing International Travel Expo in Ho Chi Minh City.

The award honours the carrier’s outstanding contributions to tourism development in the Mekong Sub-region.

The award’s judge gathers representatives from authorities, travel agencies and tourism federations of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Vietnam Airlines and the low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific have set up a joint booth at the exhibition, which runs from September 8-10. The two airlines offer various games as well as discount programmes to promote culture and tourism of Vietnam.

The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines earned a combined revenue of 36 trillion VND (1.62 billion USD) in the first half of this year, accounting for 72 percent of the set target.

In the reviewed period, the company successfully conducted over 70,300 safe flights, a year-on-year increase of 10.7 percent and delivered 9.65 million passengers, up 15.5 percent compared to the same period last year. Of which, international flights rose 6.9 percent and domestic flights increased 21.1 percent against the same period last year.

Vietnam Airlines has been certified as a four-star airline by Skytrax, the world’s leading airline and airport rating organisation, in a ceremony at the World Airline Awards held at Farnborough Airshow in early July this year.

The company has also been recognised as one of the world’s three “excellent progress airlines”.-VNA