Direct air route hoped to help foster Vietnam-Czech Republic ties

The Vietnamese Embassy in the Czech Republic and the Bamboo Airways held a roadshow in Prague on January 15 to introduce Vietnam’s tourism potential and provide information about a direct air route linking the two countries.

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Participants in the roadshow pose for a photo (Photo: VNA)

With a view to opening a new transport channel between Vietnam and the Czech Republic, the Bamboo Airways is working to become the first Vietnamese carrier to open a direct air route connecting Hanoi and Prague.

The roadshow in Prague was the first in a series of the events that the airline plans to organise in Europe in the coming time.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the Czech Republic Ho Minh Tuan said the opening of a direct air route linking the two countries has been mentioned for many times at their leaders’ meetings since 2015. 

This year, the bilateral diplomatic relationship turns 70, and the establishment of this route, which will also the first connecting the European nation with ASEAN, will open up many new cooperation opportunities between the two countries, as well as between the Czech Republic and ASEAN, in all fields like tourism, trade and people-to-people exchange, he noted.

Deputy General Director of the Bamboo Airways Truong Phuong Thanh said his firm considers Europe a key market in the development of its flight network and tourism and investment products in 2020. The Czech Republic is one of the first destinations it chooses as gateway to Europe.

Frantisek Chaloupecky, Vice President of the Czech Confederation of Industry and Transport, shared the view that a direct air route will help the countries become closer to each other. 

The obstacle now is the granting of visas for Vietnamese and Czech citizens, but the confederation will work with relevant agencies, especially the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, to solve this problem, he added.

In April 2019, in the presence of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Czech counterpart Andrej Babis, the Bamboo Airways and the Prague International Airport signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation. The Vietnamese airline plans to launch the direct air route in the second quarter of this year.

VNA