Tokyo (VNA) – Vietnam Airlines Corporation coordinated with the Vietnam Embassy in Japan and Thien Minh Group to hold a workshop on “Fly Vietnam Airlines – Rediscovery” in Tokyo on June 3.
The event was part of the company’s promotion campaign in Japan after the two countries reopened to overseas visitors. It attracted the participation of representatives from more than 50 travel and aviation agencies in Japan.
In his words, Ambassador Vu Hong Nam praised the Japanese government’s efforts to gradually lift travel restrictions and ease COVID-19 prevention and control measures.
The diplomat expressed his hope that trade and travel between the two countries will be restored and return to normal once the pandemic is under control.
Truong Tran Ngoc Hung, deputy director of marketing and sales department of Vietnam Airlines, pointed out that thanks to its vaccination campaign, Vietnam had brought the pandemic under control and officially reopened its borders on March 15, while resuming visa exemptions for foreign nationals. citizens of 13 countries, including Japan.
The country also scrapped health declarations for all international arrivals from April 27 and the COVID-19 testing requirement from May 15.
Japan has also waived the test and quarantine requirement for triply vaccinated visitors from Vietnam, and plans to conditionally open up to foreign tourists from June 10, Hung added.
These are opportunities for the aviation sector as Vietnamese and Japanese markets recover rapidly and create breakthroughs in growth, he noted.
Many Japanese workshop participants welcomed the Vietnamese government’s decision to open the door to foreign arrivals.
Wafa Dajany Naheel, Vice President of All Nippon Airways (ANA), said the move will help Vietnam’s tourism sector recover quickly from the pandemic.
ANA resumed regular commercial flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in February 2022, it said.
Ambassador Nam told the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) on the sidelines of the workshop that since the reopening two months ago, Vietnam has seen strong growth in the number of international visitors.
He cited statistics from Vietnam’s National Tourism Administration showing the country welcomed more than 170,000 foreign tourists in May, up 70 percent year-on-year.
In the first five months of this year, the number exceeded 365,000, more than 4.5 times higher than the figure recorded in the first half of last year, which, according to the ambassador, demonstrates that the Vietnam remains attractive for foreign vacationers.
Ngo Sy Anh, director of Vietnam Airlines’ representative office in Japan, said Vietnam Airlines has resumed eight direct routes between Hanoi and HCM City and the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka.
The national airline plans to restore Tokyo – Da Nang and Haneda – Hanoi routes from July, increasing the weekly total flights between the two countries at 35, he said, adding that the frequency will be increased and expected to return to normal by March 2023.
Vietnam Airlines said it operated 8,385 flights between Vietnam and Japan in 2019, serving 1.6 million passengers./.