Airlines from Eastern Europe will operate flights to Ho Chi Minh City during this winter schedule starting October 30.
Aeroflot will resume flights to the city after a 10-year absence, using a Boeing B767-300ER aircraft. The Moscow-Ho Chi Minh City service will operate twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Sundays, returning Thursdays and Mondays from the southern Vietnamese city.
Aerosvit from Ukraine will operate a twice-weekly service between Kiev and Ho Chi Minh City starting 21 December,2011. Departures from Kiev are on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with the return flights departing Mondays and Fridays. The airline will use a Boeing B767-300ER aircraft for this service.
Vladivostok Air wlll launch a Vladivostok-Ho Chi Minh City service from November 15, 2011. The flights to Ho Chi Minh City will replace the flights to Cam Ranh as Cam Ranh Airport cannot handle the Airbus A330 aircraft. Cam Ranh is 290km north of Ho Chi Minh City. The airport serves traffic to Nha Trang.
Vietnam has already awarded visa exemption to citizens from 56 countries including Russia and Ukraine. In 2010 Vietnam received around 51,000 Russian tourists, and aims to increase the number’s to 150,000 by 2015. Beaches in the central coastal area are the prime destinations for East European tourists.