Vietnam Airlines will open two new air routes connecting Phu Quoc International Airport in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang with Singapore and Siem Reap (Cambodia) from November 1.

The electronic Giao thong van tai newspaper of the Ministry of Transport reported that the carrier will operate two flights per week by A321 aircraft on the Phu Quoc – Singapore route and three flights a week by ATR72 on the Phu Quoc-Siem Reap route.

In 2013, Phu Quoc airport served nearly 700,000 passengers, up 39 percent from the previous year.

It catered for some 450,000 passengers in the first half of this year, representing 60.8 percent of its yearly plan and a 34.1 percent increase against the same period of 2013.

At the same time, the airport handled 836 tonnes of goods, fufilling 86.6 percent of the annual target and rising by 101.2 percent from a year earlier.

The launching of the new routes is expected to help further boost Kien Giang province’s socio-economic development, especially the attraction of investment for tourism in Phu Quoc, in the time to come.-VNA