The agreement was officially signed in 2003. It was amended in 2010, under which the two sides agreed that the 2003 version would remain in effect until March 31, 2012.
The new amendment extends the validity of the 2003 agreement indefinitely. It will come into effect after both sides conclude the exchange of diplomatic notes.
Once completed, the amended agreement will create a legal basis to open up opportunities to strengthen civil aviation cooperation between the two countries. It is particularly relevant to the national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, which is preparing to launch a direct route that will link Vietnam and the US . It will contribute to boosting bilateral ties between the two countries in the time to come.