Direct air route links Buryatia to Vietnam

A passenger plane, Boeing-767-300, touched down the runway of Cam Ranh airport on May 28, kick-starting direct flights between Ulan-Ude, the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, and the central province of Khanh Hoa.

Buryatia’s Nord Wind airlines has opened direct flights to famous destinations in China and Mongolia after its international airport Baikal was enlarged and upgraded.

It is scheduled to launch two direct flights to Antalya (Turkey) and Bangkok (Thailand) in June, and plans subsequently to open similar flights from Buryatia to Seoul (the Republic of Korea) and Tokyo (Japan).

Baikal airport received 187,000 passengers last year and aims to raise the figure to 250,000 this year and 500,000 by 2015.

By 2014, Baikal airport will have received total investment of over 1,000 million roubles, equal to US$33 million.