Police rescue woman trafficked to China

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Ho Chi Minh City police have rescued a woman who was allegedly trafficked into China, forced to marry an abusive husband and ransomed back to her family in the Mekong Delta. V.T.A. (R), an alleged victim of trafficking, at a police station in Ho Chi Minh City after being rescue by police Preventing human trafficking in Mekong Delta Human trafficking ring busted Police said they stopped three Chinese nationals as they escorted the 34-year-old woman, whose initials are V.T.A, through Tan Son Nhat International Airport on June 14. Peng Zhang Mei, 54, was arrested at the scene; the two other suspects fled. Police arrested Mei after T.A.'s elder sister contacted them claiming that T.A. had been trafficked into China in March. In subsequent interviews with the police, A. said she had been lured to China by a Ho Chi Minh City woman known as Ut. She claimed to have met Ut in February of this year, after moving to HCMC from the Mekong Delta Province of Bac Lieu in search for work. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese police rescue woman trafficked to China 

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Ho Chi Minh City police have rescued a woman who was allegedly trafficked into China, forced to marry an abusive husband and ransomed back to her family in the Mekong Delta. Peng Zhang Mei, 54, was arrested at the scene; the two other suspects fled. Police arrested Mei after A's elder sister contacted them claiming that A been trafficked into China in March. In subsequent interviews with the police A. said she had been lured to China by a Ho Chi Minh City woman known as Ut. She claimed to have met Ut in February of this year, after moving to HCMC from the Mekong Delta Province of Bac Lieu in search of work. Ut promised A. a high-paying job in China and took her to apply for a passport. About one month later, Ut took her to a hotel to meet with several Chinese men, she said. Later that day, A. was flown to Hanoi and driven into China across the border in Lang Son Province. After she arriving in China, the woman said, she was forced to marry Chuong Tuyen Minh, who … [Read more...]

Woman arrested for selling girls to China

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Police of Hanoi and the southern province of Kien Giang have rescued three girls who were sold to China. human trafficker Le My Han Women from Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam fight human trafficking Police rescue woman trafficked to China A 30-year-old woman named Le My Han, from Kien Giang, was arrested for this crime. In mid-June, Hanoi police was informed that a southern woman of around 30 would take four girls to China on a Saigon-Hanoi train on June 18. On the early morning of June 16, police officers ambushed at the Hanoi Railway Station, and seized the woman, named Le My Han, and the four girls for investigation. Initially, Han said that she took the four girls to Hanoi for travel. However, the woman finally confessed that she was taking three girls of 15, 20 and 27 from Kien Giang province to China for sale. The other girl is Han's niece, who joined the group in order to win the trust of the three girls. The woman declared that she has four children. After her husband … [Read more...]

Women from Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam fight human trafficking

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The Women's Union from the central province of Quang Tri is cooperating with its counterparts from Laos' Savannakhet province and Thailand's Mukdahan province to combat human trafficking, especially that of women. Police rescue woman trafficked to China Preventing human trafficking in Mekong Delta Their representatives took part in a seminar held in Quang Tri on June 20 with the title 'Preventing and Fighting Human Trafficking'. Participants delivered speeches about human trafficking across the Vietnam-Laos border and suggested measures to improve the effectiveness of coordination amongst relevant agencies. They also shared their experiences in raising public awareness of the issue and assisting victims to reintegrate into the community. Women's unions from the provinces have recently stepped up efforts to improve their methods of education and train their members in skills to prevent human trafficking. According to statistics released by the Ministry of Public … [Read more...]

Boyzone band’s member arrives in Vietnam

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(VOV) -A former member of the popular Irish band, Boyzone, Mark Walton arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on May 20 to serve as a coach and jury member on the 2015 Vietnam Idol, the national version of the beloved Idol series. Upon landing at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Mark Walton shared that he was very excited to be part of the competition. With 27 years of experience working in the field of international music, Mark believes that he will be able to help the top 8 contestants succeed in their professional singing careers. The gala will be broadcast live on VTV3 channel at 20:00 on May 24. Mark Walton was born in 1975 in Dublin, Ireland. He became a member of Boyzone in 1993, but left afterward. In 2001, he and four friends formed the band Fifth Avenue. Their first hit album ‘A Different Life’ was released in 2003. … [Read more...]

Airline to increase flights to Taipei

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PANO – The budget airline Vietjet Air will increase flights on the Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei (Taiwan) route from five to seven per week from June 18th. The return fare is from just VND 210,000 (about US$10). Accordingly, flights will depart from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City at 2:30pm (local time) while return flights will be at 8pm (local time). Each flight will take around three hours and 25 minutes. Further information is available at its website www.vietjetair.com, and ticket offices nationwide. At present, the carrier is operating 24 A320s and A321s with 150 flights per day on both international and domestic routes. Source: candTranslated by Viet Anh … [Read more...]

Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific to operate code-share flights

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Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Codeshare flights between the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) and the low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacic (JPA) will become operational from May 21, it was announced on May 19. Domestic codeshare flights will be operated in the first phase of their cooperation, which will be followed by an international codeshare in the future. Codeshare is a practice in which a flight operated by one airline is jointly marketed as a flight by one or more other airlines. Customers can purchase a seat through each airline but the flight is actually operated by only one of the cooperating airlines - called the operating carrier. Customers with VNA tickets will be able to board JPA flights while still receiving VNA’s free baggage allowance and food. In addition, special treatment on luggage and waiting rooms will be offered to members of the Golden Lotus programme. Meanwhile, titan-rated members will receive support at exclusive check-in counters at … [Read more...]

Police apprehend three for trafficking Vietnamese women to China

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A Vietnamese woman whose husband is Chinese and two accessories have been arrested for selling Vietnamese women to China, police officers said. Colonel Tran Cong Hieu, commander of the Border Guard of the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, on Monday said they have detained Nguyen Thi Hien, 30, who lived in the southern Vietnamese province of Ben Tre before coming to China with her Chinese husband. Hien was arrested on Sunday, when she returned to Vietnam via Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. A day later, the border guard force detained two other women who were Hien’s accomplices in the human trafficking ring. Their latest victim was L.T.B.H., 31, a resident in Ba Ria-Vung Tau. Investigators said H. met Hien through an acquaintance when she returned to Vietnam from China early this month. Hien then suggested taking H. to China to work as a tea picker for VND5 million (US$229) a month. H. agreed to the suggestion, but Hien then told her on May … [Read more...]

Vietjet Air to run HCM City-Taipei daily flights

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VGP - Viet Nam’s leading low-cost carrier VietJetAir will increase the number of flights between Ho Chi Minh City and China's Taipei on a daily basis from June 18. Flights will depart from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City at 14:30 local time and return flights will be at 20:00 (local time). Flight duration is around three hours and 25 minutes. Previously, the return flights are conducted five times in a week. The low-cost carrier will offer ticket fares starting atVND210,000 ($10) for return flights. Recently, Vietjet Air has increased the number of its Airbus A320 fleet to 24, to run additional 1,500 flights with some 270, 000 discounted fares to meet higher travel demand this summer. Customers can purchase tickets through its website www.vietjetair.com,www.facebook.com/vietjetairvietnam, and ticket offices nationwide through various payment methods. VietJet Air is expected to continue expanding its flight network in the near future by adding flights from … [Read more...]

Vietjet Air increases Ho Chi Minh City-Taipei flights

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Vietjet Air increases Ho Chi Minh City-Taipei flights (Source: Vietjet Air) Vietjet Air will increase the number of flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Taipei (China) from five to seven round trips per week starting on June 18, 2015. The low-cost carrier will offer ticket fares starting at 210,000 VND (10 USD) for return flights. Flights will depart from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City at 14:30 local time and return flights will be at 20:00 (local time). Flight duration is around three hours and 25 minutes. Customers can purchase tickets through its website www.vietjetair.com, www.facebook.com/vietjetairvietnam, and ticket offices nationwide through various payment methods. The company recently received its 24 th A320 plane and will be providing an additional 1,500 flights with 270,000 discounted fares to meet the increased demand for travel in the summer.-VNA … [Read more...]

Long Thanh airport, long-term strategic issue

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam held a seminar in HCM City on May 14 to discuss the issues facing the proposed 8 billion USD Long Thanh International Airport near the city. Lai Xuan Thanh, head of the CAAV, said building an aviation hub or entrepot was a long-term strategic mission of his agency. The airport would also help resolve the issues facing Tan Son Nhat International Airport like noise and air pollution and threats to the safety of densely populated urban areas nearby. "In future Tan Son Nhat will no longer meet the demands of airlines flying to Vietnam." Tran Dinh Thien, the director of the Vietnam Economic Research Institute and an enthusiastic backer of the project, said since the airport was closely linked with the country's future, there should be a vision for a longer term than just five or 10 years. Even if Tan Son Nhat was expanded to double its current size, it would remain a traditional terminal, and in any case, due to its urban location, expansion … [Read more...]

Seminar told Long Thanh airport hub is long-term strategic issue

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A design of Long Thanh International Airport. -- File Photo HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — The Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam on Thursday held a seminar in HCM City to discuss the issues facing the proposed US$8 billion Long Thanh International Airport near the city. Lai Xuan Thanh, head of the CAAV, said building an aviation hub or entrepot was a long-term strategic mission of his agency. The airport would also help resolve the issues facing Tan Son Nhat International Airport like noise and air pollution and threats to the safety of densely populated urban areas nearby. "In future Tan Son Nhat will no longer meet the demands of airlines flying to Viet Nam." Tran Dinh Thien, the director of the Viet Nam Economic Research Institute and an enthusiastic backer of the project, said since the airport was closely linked with the country's future, there should be a vision for a longer term than just five or 10 years. Even if Tan Son Nhat was expanded to double its current size, it … [Read more...]

Immigration rules relaxed for foreign tourists

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Dao Loan Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has signed a decision removing the hindrances to issuing visas for foreign travelers, according to the Government’s portal chinhphu.vn. The decision states international travelers entitled to visa exemptions for a 15-day stay in Vietnam will be allowed to stay for an additional 15 days if they show valid air-tickets and clear package tour schedules and their extension is guaranteed by travel agencies. Foreign tourists from the markets that Vietnam has offered unilateral visa waivers can ask for landing visas if they enter Vietnam and exit for a third country and then come back less than 30 days after their latest departure for the third country and have valid tickets for the flights departing from Vietnam. On-arrival visas will be issued based on the departure date shown on their air tickets but will not exceed 15 days. Speaking to the Daily, tour operators hailed the decision as it will help ease paperwork and save time for … [Read more...]

New A320 aircraft added to Vietjet Air’s fleet

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The low-cost carrier Vietjet Air welcomed an additional A320 aircraft on May 13th, increasing the number of its planes to 25 with a view to meeting the high travel demands this summer. The move also helps the carrier expand its domestic and international presence. Vietjet Air is currently operating 150 flights per day on 30 air routes, covering domestic destinations and a number of international destinations in Singapore, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan (China), and Cambodia. On this occasion, the carrier decided to provide additional 1,500 flights, offering 270,000 tickets from VND199,000 (USD9.26) for short routes and VND399,000 (USD18.56) for over-one-hour voyage. The special fares are particularly reserved for passengers booking tickets before May 30th for flights departing from now until August 30th./. … [Read more...]

VietJetAir adds new Airbus A320

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VGP - Viet Nam’s leading low-cost carrier VietJetAir welcomed an additional A320 aircraft on May 13 at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. On this occasion, the carrier decided to provide additional 1,500 flights, offering 270,000 tickets fromVND199,000 VND ($49.26) for short routes andVND399,000 ($18.56) for over-one-hour voyage. The special fares are particularly reserved for passengers booking tickets before May 30 for flights departing from now until August 30. Earlier this year, VietJetAir became the first airline in Viet Nam to have an aircraft emblazoned with the country’s new official tourism logo and slogan, Viet Nam – Timeless Charm. Now, this new plane will continue to add more inspiration to its passengers when it goes into service later this month helping to meet increasing travel demand of tourists at home and abroad discover Viet Nam’s "timeless charm". Currently, Vietjet Air is operating 150 flights per day on 30 … [Read more...]

Tan Son Nhat airport to build flyover to ease traffic congestion

The operator of Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City is trying to secure permission from the municipal government to build at least one flyover at its entrance to relieve traffic congestion there, according to local media. Such a facility will help alleviate traffic jams which frequently occur on the two existing roads, Hong Ha and Truong Son, leading to the entrance area in Tan Binh District, Phap Luat TPHCM (Ho Chi Minh City Law) newspaper reported. According to a written proposal of the airport’s authorities on overall transport infrastructure at the entrance, traffic via the two roads is very dense at this time. Tan Son Nhat is currently Vietnam’s busiest airport as it handles around 20 million passengers a year, and is expected to become overloaded when it reaches its full capacity of 25 million by 2017. In addition, the situation will worsen when the Tan Son Nhat - Binh Loi beltway is connected with the airport via the Truong Son intersection … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s busiest airport wants to add flyover at entrance to ease traffic congestion

Such a facility will help alleviate traffic jams which frequently occur on the two existing roads, Hong Ha and Truong Son, leading to the entrance area in Tan Binh District,

The operator of Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City is trying to secure permission from the municipal government to build at least one flyover at its entrance to relieve trafficcongestion there, according to local media. Phap Luat TPHCM (Ho Chi Minh City Law) newspaper reported. According to a written proposal of the airport’s authorities on overall transport infrastructure at the entrance, traffic via the two roads is very dense at this time. Tan Son Nhat is currently Vietnam’s busiest airport as it handles around 20 million passengers a year, and is expected to become overloaded when it reaches its full capacity of 25 million by 2017. In addition, the situation will worsen when the Tan Son Nhat - Binh Loi beltway is connected with the airport via the Truong Son intersection near the entrance, a Tan Son Nhat official said. Even without the new beltway, the two roads are very crowded with frequent jams, especially during peak hours, Pham Vu … [Read more...]

Vietnamese woman gets 6-month flight ban for slapping airline staff

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Vietnam’s aviation authorities have banned a woman from flight for six months as a penalty for her slapping the face of a low-cost carrier when she was about to board a domestic flight in Ho Chi Minh City last month. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has issued a decision to impose such a flight ban on Nguyen Thi Hang, 35, who slapped Nguyen Thanh Nguyen, a staffer of VietJet Air, on the face at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on April 7. On that day, after completing procedures, Hang arrived at gate no. 16 of the domestic terminal to board a VietJet Air flight to Hanoi, bringing with her two handbags. At that time, Nguyen realized that the total weight of the woman’s hand luggage might have exceeded the 7kg cap, so he requested that Hang have her baggage measured and weighed again. Even though she put the luggage on the scale again, Hang still did not agree with Nguyen’s request and thus slapped him on the face. The baggage was then found to be … [Read more...]

ACV to launch IPO this year

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Lan Nhi The share price is put in the equitization plan of ACV submitted to the Government by the Ministry of Transport. Last year, ACV had two subsidiaries, Tan Son Nhat Airport Services Company (SASCO) and Saigon Ground Services (SAGS), equitized and their average winning prices were two to 3.6 times higher than their starting prices and those of other State-owned enterprises. Auditing and Accounting Financial Consultancy Services Ltd. Co. (AASC) put the starting price of ACV shares at VND11,100 each. Operating 22 airports across the country, ACV obtained pre-tax profit of nearly VND2 trillion last year. However, not all the airports are running at a profit and have share prices evaluated as high as those of SASCO and SAGS. SASCO and SAGS draw the attention of many investors as they are based in HCMC, the best market for aviation in the country. AASC valued ACV at nearly VND38 trillion as of June 30 last year, with State ownership accounting for some VND20.77 … [Read more...]

Japanese national caught smoking in Vietnam plane restroom in flight

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The Vietnamese airline authorities have given a fine of US$185 to a Japanese national who was caught smoking in the rest room of a Vietnamese plane while flying from Japan to Vietnam on Thursday. >> Australian passenger fined $187 for smoking on Vietnam Airlines plane The foreign man, identified as Ichikawa, committed the act on board a plane of Vietnamese national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) during Flight VN341 from Japan’s Nagoya to Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City that day. While the plane was in flight, Ichikawa hid in the plane’s restroom to smoke, and fumes from his cigarette activated the fire alarm on the aircraft, the VNA said. After detecting the man smoking in the rest room, the crew recorded his violation of flight safety regulations and seized from him a pack of Kents cigarette. When the plane landed at the airport at 2 pm on the same day, the VNA representative at the airport reported the violation and handed the … [Read more...]