Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau presents wreath to a passenger on VJ971 flight (Photo: mt.gov.vn)

At 22h50 on December 7th, the A320 aircraft bearing VJ971 landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, the capital of India, marking the low-cost airline Vietjet Air’s first official operation of the Hanoi - New Delhi direct route, a day after launching the Ho Chi Minh City-New Delhi direct flight.

Ambassador Chau went to the door of the plane to welcome passengers, who arrived in New Delhi after the first direct flight of Vietjet Air connecting the capitals of the two countries. He expressed that the direct flight would create favorable conditions for promoting cultural and people exchanges, trade, investment and tourism, practically contributing to further strengthening the comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and India in the near future.

This has been a great development since 1983 when Vietnam and India signed an aviation agreement. In 1991 Air India tried to fly but failed. In 1993, Vietnam Airlines also wanted to open a direct flight between Vietnam and India, but it couldn’t implement.

For those who love to explore new cultures, this route will bring many interesting experiences in ancient, epic and mythical India, hiding a huge treasure of cultural heritage with many festivals full of colours.

Direct flights between Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh city and New Delhi by Vietjet Air have a duration of just over 4 hours, which will help significantly reduce the total travel time between Vietnam and India, contributing to opening up many opportunities for trade, tourism, and promoting the economic development between the two countries. It is also a bridge for passengers to easily connect flights to Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand./.

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