Emirates, the world’s biggest long-haul airline, is asking for a 30 percent discount on the landing fee at Noi Bai International Airport when it begins a daily passenger service next month.
The Dubai-based carrier told the Ministry of Transport that its existing cargo service between Dubai and Hanoi would become a daily one which also carry passengers, and asked for a reduction in the landing and takeoff fees for the first year.
The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam has backed the request, saying the discount would encourage international airlines to fly to Vietnam, the Saigon Times reported.
Vietnam announced a similar incentive in 2013, halving the fees for international carriers flying to five smaller airports, Phu Bai, Cam Ranh, Lien Khuong in the central region, and Can Tho and Phu Quoc in the south, for the first three years.
But only Phu Quoc and Cam Ranh have seen an increase in international activities.
Emirates, which began to fly to Vietnam in 2012, now operates one passenger route to Ho Chi Minh City and one cargo-only service to Hanoi.