(VOV) - Vietnam Airlines (VNA) and Philippines Airlines (PLA) held a ceremony on June 1 in Ho Chi Minh City to celebrate 25 years of Vietnam-Philippines aviation cooperation.
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Addressing the ceremony, Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang said that the establishment of direct flights between the two countries marks a milestone in bilateral cooperation relation and contributes to strengthening the economic, trade and tourism cooperation between both countries.
He urged the two airlines to continue boosting cooperation, aiming to gain new achievements, promote economic development and open more opportunities for both countries to nurture their bilateral relationship.
Over the past years, cooperation between the two nations has seen significant growth. Despite the economic crisis, the aviation market between Vietnam and the Philippines served more than 107,000 passengers in 2011, an increase of 12 percent compared to 2010.
On this occasion, Minister Thang also presented a friendship insignia to chairman and CEO of the Imex Pan-Pacific Group, Johnathan Hanh Nguyen, for his contributions to building and enhancing cooperative relations between Vietnam and the Philippines.