Sat, 17 Jan 2015. Last updated Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:59
On January 15th, Vietnam Airlines announced that it will begin to exploit at Heathrow Airport in London (England) from March 31, 2015. Accordingly, passengers of Vietnam Airlines traveling from/to London (UK) will conduct check-in procedures, baggage and boarding at Heathrow Terminal 4, instead of Gatwick Airport, the current airport operated by Vietnam Airlines. At the London Heathrow Airport, Vietnam Airlines will increase the frequency of 4 flights / week up to 5 flights / week, including 3 flights between Hanoi – London route, 2 flights between Ho Chi Minh City and London. And, it will increase the daily frequency by 2016. London Heathrow Airport is the first international approach of Vietnam Airlines which is selected to exploit the new Vietnam Airlines fleet - B787. From Quarter II in 2015, Vietnam Airlines will be the first airline in Asia receive and put two new kinds of aircrafts as B787 and A350 into operation, along with upgrade the quality of 4-star international service, and change a new brand identity system.
London Heathrow Airport is also known as Heathrow Airport. It is an international airport in London, as well as the third busiest airport in the world in 2005, ranking after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport and Chicago O'Hare Airport. However, Heathrow serves more international passengers than any airport. Heathrow is the busiest airport in United Kingdom, and the biggest one in Europe. London Heathrow Airport is located in the east of London, about 24km from Charing Cross. The airport has two main parallel runways to the east-west and five terminals. The Terminal 5 has been completed. The airport is going to be rebuilt and expanded with other terminals. In 2005, the airport served 67.7 million of passengers. There is an intention to construct the third runway. When the Terminal 5 and the third runway are completed, Heathrow Airport will have the capacity of 115 million passengers per year.
Mr. Pham Ngoc Minh, General Director of VN Airlines said that, after nearly 4 years of exploiting route between Vietnam and England. In the time to come, Vietnam Airlines passengers will have a chance to experience outstanding and convenient services with new fleet of the carrier. The VNA General Director also shared "during the next 3 years from 2015, Vietnam Airlines will renovate all fleet with wide body aircrafts of Airbus 350 and Boeing 787-9. This is an important milestone, which helps the airline modernize and improve the quality of service, contribute to the development of long-term goal of becoming one of top leading airlines in South East Asia. CEO of London Heathrow, Mr. John Holland-Kaye appreciated the decision of Vietnam Airlines when conducting the aircraft of Dreamliner 787 in Heathrow. He stressed that the decision will ensure more frequent Vietnam Airlines direct flights from England to Vietnam, one of 20 countries that the British Government considers important market to British businesses.
According to the statistics of Vietnam Airlines branch in UK, since the operation of Vietnam Airlines direct route England - Vietnam, the number of passengers increased rapidly over years, from 37,020 passengers in 2011 to 76,985 passengers in 2014. The number of Vietnam Airlines passengers carried on the route in 2014 is 90,803 passengers.