Supporting domestic airline firms and taking advantage of membership of the ASEAN Single Aviation Market to launch more international routes in the block and run direct flight routes from Việt Nam to the United States by the national carrier Vietnam Airlines are targeted as the major goals of the transport sector’s international co-operation activities during 2016-20.
|Airplanes park at Nội Bài International Airport. The Ministry of Transport plans to assist domestic airlines to broaden international routes in the ASEAN block during 2016-20. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy HùngViet Nam News|
Lê Tuấn Anh, head of the Ministry of Transport’s International Co-operation Department announced this at a meeting held yesterday morning to summarise the sector’s international co-operation activities in the period of 2011-15 and set targets for 2016-20.
Anh said that the ministry planned to assist low-cost airlines to broaden their international routes both in the region and across the world by 2020.
The goals were established in the context that Việt Nam has integrated deeper into the global economy than the previous period and the country is the world’s seventh fastest growing aviation market - ranked by the International Air Transport Association.
To meet increasing demand of global integration, the ministry scheduled to compile the project of aviation global integration, including sending a permanent representative of the ministry to the International Civil Aviation Organisation, he said.
Boosting the progress to build Long Thành International Airport, which was expected to become the largest airport of Việt Nam, was added to the list of goals, he said.
On international co-operation on road transport, Anh said the ministry would speed up the implementation of projects to connect transport infrastructure with neighbouring countries, encompassing China, Laos and Cambodia. For examples, with China, the project to build expressway routes of Hà Nội – Lạng Sơn, Vân Đồn – Móng Cái, Hà Nội – Cao Bằng; with Cambodia – the project to construct Long Bình – Chrey Thom Bridge.
Additional road transport routes, carrying passengers and goods between Việt Nam, Laos, Cambodia, China, Thailand and Myanmar would be operated during the period, he said.
Luring foreign capital investment for constructing the high-speed north-south railway was also one of the sector’s targets by 2020, he added.
Statistics from the ministry showed Việt Nam signed 24 international treaties on aviation during 2011-15 to boost domestic aviation growth.
It is estimated that over 70 international routes, connecting Việt Nam to 26 countries and territories, have been run so far.
In the meantime, the revised Marine Law, adopted by the National Assembly in November 2015, was believed to be more suitable with regulations of the International Marine Organisation than before. It was hoped to take the domestic marine sector shoulder-to-shoulder with other countries.
Big seaports, heading to the East Sea, which were designed to receive ships with loading capacity of up to 50,000-100,000 DWT, had been developed, the ministry said.
During this period, a range of road routes along economic corridors between China and Việt Nam, including Hải Phòng – Hà Nội – Kunming; Hà Nội – Nanning, and Hà Nội – Shenzhen, were open to public.
On international co-operation on railway transport, by sending a permanent representative to the International Unions of Railways, the country could actively participate into the union’s activities.
Despite a lot of achievements, challenges have remained.
The ministry’s report, revealed yesterday morning, said the instability of the region has tended to increase and it affected the international co-operation among countries, including transport co-operation.
Moreover, the global economy, which had yet to fully recover from the global economic crisis, was also blamed for troubles in international transport co-operations, the ministry said.
Unfinished legal documents had caused difficulties in attracting foreign capital investment in transport infrastructure, the ministry said.
Knowledge of staff working in international transport co-operations was limited in meeting the demands of their jobs.
Đinh Việt Sơn, deputy head the Civil Aviation Authority of Việt Nam, said the agency failed to help domestic airlines to expand routes to partners in France, Germany, China and Russia because the partners delayed work with the aviation industry.
Lastly, calling foreign investors to pour their money into projects of developing aviation infrastructure showed little effectiveness because it required large investment but slow capital recovery rate, he said.
Recommendations for the next period
Tuấn Anh, head of the international co-operation department, said the ministry should provide training courses to improve the capability of staff working in transport international co-operations.
Units under the department were required to actively instruct domestic companies to seek capital investments as well as international co-operation of aviation and marine sectors among ASEAN countries. They should closely work with local authorities in enhancing projects connecting transport infrastructure among Việt Nam, Laos, Cambodia and China during 2016-20, he said.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Việt Nam and the Việt Nam Marine Administration were told to improve the capacity of their officers before sending them to be permanent representatives in the International Marine Organisation and the International Civil Aviation Organisation if the ministry approved, he said.
Đinh Việt Sơn, deputy head the Civil Aviation Authority of Việt Nam, said the agency’s units had to often propose international co-operation programmes, following co-operation agreements on civil aviation that Việt Nam signed to raise the effectiveness of international co-operation in the next period.
The ministry also advised to continue its policy of encouraging foreign airlines to exploit routes in Việt Nam, as well as mobilising foreign investments to develop transport infrastructure in major cities, he said.