Mekong delta to draw airlines

CAN THO, 18 July 2017: South Vietnam’s Mekong Delta city of Can Tho will encourage airlines to serve more direct domestic and international routes, targeting promising markets in Asia.

Local media quoted Can Tho Department of Transport deputy director, Le Tien Dung, at a working session between the municipal People’s Committee and the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) last week.

Routes under consideration that would connect Can Tho with the northern port city of Hai Phong, Vinh City, Cam Ranh, Hue and Da Lat and the central highlands province of Lam Dong. 

In addition, Can Tho hopes to encourage airlines to serve the city from South Korea, Japan and Singapore, to draw more tourists and investment to the Mekong Delta.

The deputy director said there was enough potential passenger traffic for these routes based on preliminary studies.

In the first half of this year, the southern city of Can Tho reported tourism earnings of over VND1.12 trillion (over USD49 million), an increase of 16% year-on-year.

There were over 1 million visitors to the city, including over 140,000 foreign tourists, up 9% when compared to the same period last year.

Last year, Can Tho welcomed more than 5.4 million visitors, up 14% compared with 2015.

Located in the centre of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is rich in land and water resources, which offer favourable conditions for the city to develop ecotourism. The Mekong Delta region includes Can Tho City and 12 provinces.