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Vietnam Airlines to double Hanoi-Fukuoka flights
David Andrews, Bangkok, February 7, 2014

VIETNAM Airlines is ramping up Hanoi-Fukuoka flights from twice to four times daily, operated with an Airbus A321 aircraft.


The carrier will run the additional services between August 1 to September 29.


Jarrod Stenhouse, executive director of Destination Asia Japan, commented: “As the gateway to the island of Kyushu and the closest major city to mainland Asia, Fukuoka is fast becoming a hub for Asian tourism in Japan. The increase of flights into Fukuoka not only benefits the city but also other destinations on the island such as Nagasaki thanks to the developed rail network.”


On traffic out of Japan, managing director of Asia World Travel Bangkok, Stephen McEvoy, remarked: “The Japanese market is a huge outbound market, with Vietnam becoming ever more popular.


“As well as the proximity and range of attractions, the very conservative Japanese tourists are switching in greater numbers from Thailand to Vietnam due to the ongoing political protests in Bangkok. Hanoi with its cooler climate is seen as a good alternative to the busy (Ho Chi Minh City).”


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