On the morning of June 4th, at the meeting with representatives of IndiGo Airlines led by Mr. Rajat Kumar - Vice President Network Planning, Vice Chairman of the City’s People’s Committee Tran Phuoc Son shared the orientation of the city in the coming time for the Indian market, support policies for airlines when opening flights to Da Nang, as well as general information about the city, Da Nang International Airport’s capacity, airlines output before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the current situation of tourism - aviation recovery.
Vice Chairman Tran Phuoc Son and the delegation of IndiGo (India) taking souvenir photos
At the meeting, Vice Chairman of the City’s People’s Committee Tran Phuoc Son emphasized the traditional friendship between India and Viet Nam in general and with Da Nang City in particular, and hoped that both sides would strengthen cooperation on priority areas such as IT, digital transformation, trade, tourism, culture, and people-to-people exchanges in order to promote strengths and economic recovery and sustainable development after the pandemic. Especially, opportunities for tourism development between India and Viet Nam in general and Da Nang in particular have been broadened since IndiGo had restored direct flights between Kolkata (India) and Viet Nam on May 23rd.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and India (January 7th, 1972 - January 7th, 2022) and 15 years of the Strategic Partnership (July 6th, 2007 - July 6th, 2022) ), in Da Nang, there will be many seminars to promote tourism development with India, conferences on investment cooperation for IT development, as well as yoga performances, and people-to-people exchange activities in order to preserve and cultivate friendship, contributing to promoting the relationship between both sides.
Mr. Rajat Kumar - Vice President Network Planning, IndiGo, affirmed that the restoration of flights between Viet Nam and India is considered a good signal for the tourism industry of both countries in the recovery period after the COVID-19 pandemic. In the coming time, IndiGo will launch strong promotion activities to bring Indian tourists to Da Nang. IndiGo will accompany Da Nang and tourism businesses to implement programs to promote Da Nang tourism in India.
IndiGo is the largest commercial airline in India, holding 48.1% of the market share as of June 2019. The airline mainly operates domestically within India. Since its founding in August 2006, the airline has developed a fleet of 238 aircrafts. IndiGo flies to 74 destinations, with 56 domestic and 18 international destinations. IndiGo has operated flights from India to Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat since 2019. During the 2016-2019 period, Vietnamese tourists to India increased by an average of 17% per year, while Indian visitors to Viet Nam had average growth of 25% per year. In 2019, the exchange of visitors between both countries reached nearly 200,000. The Indian tourist market rose to the top 16 with the highest number of visitors to Viet Nam in 2019.