Gov’t should abandon aviation Golden Route: transport ministry

The contentious Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City air route proposed along the 106th meridian east should be rejected by the government, said the Ministry of Transport.

In an official statement November 30 to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Transport Deputy Minister Pham Quy Tieu said the new route would not be feasible.

The plan to fly aircraft in a straight line between Hanoi and HCM City over neighboring Cambodia and Laos, known as the Golden Route, could not be carried out because of national security issues and economic inefficiency, the statement said.

For the project to go ahead, airlines would have to pay fees to the neighboring countries for use of their airspace in addition to other international flight charges.

The cost of flights would therefore increase by up to US$800 excluding passenger service charges, the statement added.

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By Thu Tuyet - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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