Mekong River countries plan to open air route

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Mekong River countries Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar agreed to open the first quick air route at an 11-kilometre height to facilitate aviation transport.

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The move aims to mitigate aviation collision risks and save fuel and time, said Director General of Cambodia’s Civil Aviation Keo Sivorn at a meeting in Siem Reap on June 2.

Once the route is successfully put into operation, the involved parties plan to expand a similar one in ASEAN member states and connect the bloc with Europe, he said.

The agreement was reached at the 17th session of the Vietnam-Russia Intergovernmental Committee for Economic, Commercial, Scientific, and Technological Cooperation in Vladivostok city on September 6.

The new air route aims to offer better transport services for visitors from Vietnam to Russia and facilitate economic and investment activities between the two countries.

The airline will connect the air route to Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Thailand, and Singapore with one stop in Vietnam.

The number of Russian tourists to Vietnam has increased over the past few years thanks to the country’s beautiful beaches with reasonable prices of tours.

Five countries consented to urge aviation technicians to implement the project, which is expected to become an important strategic air route linking regional countries and ensuring quick and safe passage.