Russia to launch more non-stop flights to central Vietnam

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Russia is opening a non-stop air route from Chelyabinsk to Cam Ranh International Airport in central Vietnam.

Russian news agency Interfax-Ural on Monday said there will be regular flights on the route starting this winter.

It did not reveal the flight frequency.

Chelyabinsk lies along the Europe and Asia borderline and is one of the biggest industrial centers in Russia.

The new route aims to bring more Russian tourists to the famous resort town of Nha Trang.

Vladivostok Air, the largest carrier in the Russian Far East, in late 2010 also launched two routes from Vladivostok and Khabarovsk to Cam Ranh. But flights have not been regular.

The town and the province have been familiar to the Russian people for a long time since the Russian Navy had been using Cam Ranh port, then a military one, between 1979 and 2002, making it Russia's biggest Naval base outside its territory.

Cam Ranh has since been turned into a civil port. But President Truong Tan San said during a Moscow visit in July that Vietnam will allow Russia to build a shipyard for repair and maintenance services at the port.

Vietnam also plans to establish a submarine base at Cam Ranh and it is likely to involve Russia, which has been given an order for six Kilo-class submarines worth US$2 billion. The first submarine was sent to Vietnam in August this year.

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