Nepal and Vietnam have come to an agreement to start direct flight service between the two countries soon. The joint statement (Memorandum of Understanding) published on Saturday during Prime Minister KP Oli’s visit mentioned about commencement of the flight and mentioned about directing respective ministry of both country to make arrangement.
The statement mentioned about need of direct flight service so as to establish relation between two countries for trade, business and investment promotion along with development of tourism sector.
Vietnam has also conveyed commitment to contribute to promote Nepal as well as birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha; Lumbini by sending more tourist and Buddhist pilgrimage afterwards.
The joint statement also stated about aid and development of both countries through mutual cooperation in various other sectors like agriculture, technology etc.
Bilateral flight service between Nepal and Vietnam was signed some 4 years ago and is now revised so as to commence direct flight between the countries.
PM Oli also invited Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyễn Xuân Phúc for official visit to Nepal and it has also been stated that the Vietnamese PM has accepted the invitation.
Around a week ago, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) stated about commencing direct flight by focusing on Buddhist tourists residing at both countries focusing on Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA).
Nepal Airlines had made possibility study on flight to new destination which included Vietnam. Nepal has also made Air Serivce Agreement with other 39 countries as well.