Air services

India-Vietnam air links to resume at the end of the month

Vietnamese airline VietJet announced the resumption of direct air service between India and Vietnam, suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during the ongoing visit of Lok Sabha President Om Birla with a delegation of parliamentarians.

The airline also inaugurated new routes between the two countries.

The two countries also signed a memorandum of understanding for a joint venture between Galaxy Digital Holdings of Vietnam, Sovico Group and Tech Mahindra Ltd of India.

Vietnamese airlines VietJet operated regular flights between Hanoi and Ho Chin Minh City and New Delhi before the outbreak of the pandemic. Apart from this, charter flights were also operated to the main Buddhist spiritual center, Bodh Gaya. Those services which had been suspended after the outbreak of the pandemic have now resumed. The two existing services from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to New Delhi will resume on April 29 and 30.

Additionally, four new routes will link Hanoi and Mumbai, Ho Chi Minh City and Mumbai, and the southern resort island of Phu Quoc with New Delhi and Mumbai. Vietjet Air will operate four round-trip flights weekly on the HCM City-Mumbai route from June 2 and three round-trip flights weekly on the Hanoi-Mumbai route from June 3. Similarly, four return flights will be available on the Phu Quoc-Mumbai route each week and three flights on the Phu Quoc-New Delhi route will be available on September 8-9.

Speaking on the occasion, Birla said the new increased connectivity between Vietnam and India will generate business and tourism opportunities, which will boost the economies of both countries.

Furthermore, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Galaxy Digital Holdings of Vietnam, Sovico Group and Tech Mahindra Ltd of India in the presence of Mr. Birla. Under the agreement, Tech Mahindra and Galaxy Digital will work together to establish a global software development center in Vietnam.

Apart from this, initiatives on data exchange, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) services, research and innovation centers and IT training centers will be taken. Birla said Vietnam was one of India’s closest partners and an important pillar of Act East policy and Indo-Pacific vision. India and Vietnam shared a common vision on global and regional peace issues.

Speaking on issues of regional and global significance, Birla said that as countries facing similar challenges and sharing similar development prospects, India and Vietnam could further expand their cooperation in areas such as climate change and sustainable development, healthcare and the digital economy.