Air France suspends direct flights to Vietnam

17th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

HANOI, Feb 17 (AFP) - Air France will suspend direct flights from Paris to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for six months to concentrate on more lucrative Chinese and Japanese routes, a company official said Thursday.

HANOI, Feb 17 (AFP) - Air France will suspend direct flights from Paris to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for six months to concentrate on more lucrative Chinese and Japanese routes, a company official said Thursday.

The airline would suspend its code-share contract with Vietnam Airlines for non-stop flights between France and Vietnam between March 26 and October 10, Truong Thi Hoang Thuy, Air France customer service and communications manager, said.

"Last summer, we saw a huge demand for our direct flights to Japan and China," Thuy said, adding that the company did not have enough planes to operate all the routes properly.

"We have decided that this summer, we will increase the number of flights there, thus suspending our direct flights between Vietnam and France," she said.

In April 2004, Air France implemented a code-share agreement with national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, to become the first Western carrier to operate non-stop flights to the two Vietnamese cities.

The two carriers have since operated 12 non-stop flights a week between France and Vietnam.

As from March 26, Air France would operate four flights a week linking Ho Chi Minh City and three linking Hanoi to Paris, with a stop-over in Bangkok.

Vietnam Airlines, which began direct flights to Paris from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in 2003, would maintain seven connections a week, enjoying a de facto monopoly on the direct link.

© AFP

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