HCM City-Abu Dhabi direct air route planned

(VOV) - Etihad Airways will begin operating direct flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in October 2013, it announced on October 9.

Etihad Airways Managing Director James Hogan said it plans to run daily flights using Airbus A330 aircraft that will take off from HCM City at 8.15am and land in Abu Dhabi seven hours later.

Hogan said the flight route will open more economic opportunities and boost trade, tourism, and culture in both Vietnam and the UAE.

Ho Chi Minh City is the sixth Southeast Asian destination for Etihad Airways, after Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore.

Hogan added that Etihad is also researching opening routes between Hanoi and the UEA.