Khanh Hoa cuts service fees to attract int'l flights

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International airlines have been urged to launch more flights to the central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa as its major airport does not serve any international flights now.

The province has said it will lower its service fees by 50 percent for international flights to and from the Cam Ranh International Airport and provide preferential conditions for airlines to operate these flights.

The move aims to promote the use of the airport and attract more tourists to the resort town of Nha Trang that the province is famous for.

Under an agreement signed with international airlines on Saturday, hotels and service providers in the province pledged to cut their prices by up to 50 percent for international passengers coming via Cam Ranh Airport.

Cam Ranh became an international airport in December last year after a major reconstruction. The airport has an annual passenger growth of around 21 percent a year but it currently does not serve any international flights.

The 750-hectare airport, only 35 kilometers from Nha Trang Town, has a long runway that can handle large Boeing and Airbus aircraft, officials said.

National carrier Vietnam Airlines plans to launch a direct route from South Korea's Incheon to the airport this month. Russian airline Vladivostok Air also plans a direct route to Cam Ranh.

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