Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has asked the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) to revise its plan to launch a new flight path designed to reduce travel time between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, VnExpress reported.
The plan was initiated by Dr. Tran Dinh Ba of the Vietnam Economic Association in 2012, but has been repeatedly rejected by the CAAV as unfeasible.
According to the plan, if the current Hanoi-HCMC route is replaced by a straight-shot through Lao and Cambodian airspace, planes could cut travel time by 26 minutes (assuming they used Boeing 777 aircraft) and save more than US$300 million in fuel and other costs every year.
Ba said the current north-south flight path causes huge losses to domestic air carriers every year.
But CAAV rejected the plan as unfeasible, saying if airplanes must fly into Lao and Cambodian airspace, the carriers will have to pay transit and other fees.
Flight safety management may also become an issue, the Authority said.
Early this year, Ba asked the government to consider his “straight route” idea in order to cut travel time and money to benefit both carriers and passengers.
Last week, Transport Minister Thang asked CAAV to start working on a plan for the new Hanoi-HCMC route based on Ba’s idea.