Vietnam Airlines, the national carrier of Vietnam, proudly inaugurated its new route connecting Hanoi and Mumbai on the evening of May 20, 2023.
This exciting milestone comes after the successful launch of their New Delhi route, marking the airline’s continued efforts to expand its network and enhance passenger connectivity.
Inauguration Ceremony With Traditional Customs
The inaugural flight, VN972, departed from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai at 23:10 local time, carrying nearly 200 passengers aboard an Airbus A321 aircraft.
Passengers were warmly welcomed by Hoang Tung, Consul General of Vietnam in Mumbai, Tran Phuong Anh, Vice Consul of Vietnam in Mumbai, as well as representatives from Vietnam Airlines and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Airport.
The ceremony commenced with a traditional lamp lighting and ribbon-cutting event, symbolizing the celebration of this significant occasion.
Vietnam Airlines’ Commitment to Expansion
Trinh Ngoc Thanh, Deputy CEO of Vietnam Airlines, expressed the airline’s commitment to continue expanding its network to provide passengers with improved flexibility and connectivity. By adding the Mumbai route, Vietnam Airlines aims to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries and contribute to their economies.
Flight Schedule and Operations
Vietnam Airlines will operate four flights per week from Hanoi to Mumbai, departing on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Additionally, three flights per week will be available from Ho Chi Minh City, departing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
|Route||Dep. Time||Arr. Time||Frequency|
|Mumbai-Hanoi||23:10 Hrs.||05:30 Hrs. (+1)||4x Weekly|
|Hanoi-Mumbai||18:20 Hrs.||21:35 Hrs.||4x Weekly|
The existing direct route between Vietnam and New Delhi, launched in June 2022, offers flights three times a week from Hanoi (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) and twice a week from Ho Chi Minh City (Thursdays and Saturdays). All flights are efficiently operated using Airbus A321 aircraft.
Promoting Trade, Culture, and Social Exchanges
The Hanoi-Mumbai route holds great potential in fostering trade, cultural exchange, and social ties between Vietnam and India.
Prior to the pandemic in 2019, the number of visitors between the two countries reached 319,000, showcasing a remarkable 35% increase compared to the previous year. India stands as one of Vietnam’s top trade partners, while Vietnam ranks as India’s 15th largest trading partner and fourth among Southeast Asian countries.
The launch of the Hanoi-Mumbai route is expected to significantly contribute to enhancing these economic ties.
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