First direct route from Da Nang to Manila to be launched in December

By Hoang Phong   October 25, 2023 | 03:00 am PT
First direct route from Da Nang to Manila to be launched in December
Cebu Pacific passenger jets are pictured at the tarmac of Terminal 3 at the Ninoy Aquino International aiport in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 1, 2016. Photo by Reuters
Low-cost airline Cebu Pacific Air will open the first-ever route connecting the Philippines capital of Manila with the central beach tourist city Da Nang from Dec. 7.

There will be three flights a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, said Nguyen Xuan Binh, director of the city's Department of Tourism, at a tourism event on Monday.

Da Nang will also organize tourism promotion activities in Malaysia and Singapore from October to November this year, Binh added as cited by the city's news portal.

While Vietnam's main tourism markets like China, South Korea and the U.S. are still recovering to pre-Covid levels, Southeast Asia has become a bright spot for its inbound tourism.

Vietnam welcomed over 100,000 tourists from the Philippines in the first nine months of this year, nearly recovering to pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

Da Nang, home to the Golden Bridge and Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills with pagodas on top and hidden caves with Buddhist shrines, is one of Vietnam’s top tourist destinations and is used as a springboard to access three worldwide famous heritage sites – the Hue Imperial Capital, My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Town.

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