A direct service linking Ho Chi Minh City and Switzerland’s city of Zurich is launched by the Edelweiss airlines of Switzerland. (Photo: aviationtribune.com)
 
Geneva (VNA) – The first direct flight linking the southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City and Switzerland’s northeast city of Zurich has been successfully conducted by the Edelweiss airlines of Switzerland.

The A340-300 plane arrived at Zurich airport in the afternoon of November 16 to the warm welcome of representatives of the airline, the Switzerland Tourism, and the Vietnamese Embassy in the country.

Speaking at the event, Ambassador Pham Hai Bang said that the route is expected to help boost the tourism development and trade between the two countries.

For his part, member of the management board of Edelweiss Markus Dander spoke highly of the opening of the route. It will help tourists from Switzerland in particular and Europe in general to have more favourable conditions to explore the numerous points of attraction and relaxation in Vietnam which are becoming more and more popular among the tourist community in the region and the world.

Edelweiss will conduct two return flights a week on this route, starting from Zurich on every Monday and Thursday, and from Ho Chi Minh City on every Tuesday and Friday. Each of the A340-300 planes has 314 seats, including 27 business-class ones.

The carrier has been posting information on Vietnam’s famous tourist attractions like Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc, Hoi An, Da Nang, Phan Thiet, Nha Trang, Hue and Ha Long Bay on its website to attract customers to the route. The opening of the Ho Chi Minh City – Zurich air route lies within its expansion plan.-VNA