The first nonstop flight departing at 8:30pm (local time) from Incheon International Airport in South Korea to Da Nang landed at 11:10 pm on September 21 following a long hiatus, carrying some 180 South Korean tourists to the central coastal city of Vietnam.
The reopening of the Incheon - Da Nang air route creates convenience for tourists to Da Nang. Photo: Thu Ha
The flight using Boeing 737-800 aircraft with registration number ZE594 was operated by Eastar Jet Airlines.
In the opposite direction, the flight departs from Da Nang International Airport at 0:10 am from September 21 - October 28, and at 0:45 am (at local time) starting from October 29.
Accordingly, the Boeing 737-800 aircraft can transport a maximum of 189 passengers per trip. Currently, the airline is re-operating the Da Nang - Incheon air route with a frequency of one flight/day.
South Korean tourists coming to Da Nang on the newly-reoperated direct flight from Incheon International Airport on Thursday were welcomed at Da Nang International Airport. Photo: Thu Ha
In 2017, Eastar Jet Airlines operated regular flights between Da Nang - Incheon, Cheonju and Jeju with the frequency of five times per day.
Mr. Kim Sang Wook, Chief Representative of Eastar Jet Airlines in Da Nang, said that Da Nang is still a favourite destination for South Korean tourists. The city has seen an increasing number of foreign visitors, especially those from South Korea, in recent years.
The travel trend of South Korean tourists has also changed a lot. In the past, tourists often chose to travel in groups, but now they choose to travel individually and on their own. Therefore, in addition to this newly-reopened route, the airline plans to increase flights in late 2023 and early 2024 with the desire to promote the resumption of air routes between Da Nang and South Korea.
Reporting by Thanh Lan - Translating by M.Dung