A Vietjet plane takes off from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo courtesy of Vietjet Air
Budget airline Vietjet has announced it will launch new routes connecting Vietnam’s top tourist destinations with Asia-Pacific cities as the year-end tourist season heats up.
From November 21, it will launch two new routes connecting Ho Chi Minh City to Perth and Adelaide in Australia with five flights per week, the airline said in a press release.
These two new routes will make Vietjet the first Vietnamese carrier to operate flights connecting Vietnam to Australia’s five largest cities, after Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
On December 10, the carrier will launch its route linking Vietnam’s largest island, Phu Quoc, in the south, to the South Korean city of Busan, with seven flights per week.
A month later, it will open a line linking Phu Quoc and Taipei to Taiwan with four flights per week.
From December 22, the Hanoi-Hong Kong route will be officially launched with seven round-trip flights each week.
The launch of new direct routes to major Asia-Pacific tourism hubs comes at a time when Vietnam has already reached its target of 8 million foreign tourists for 2023 and plans to welcome a total of 13 million. here the end of this year.
Vietnam welcomed 8.9 million foreign tourists in the first nine months of the year.
South Korea was the largest source of tourists with 2.5 million arrivals, followed by mainland China (1.1 million), Taiwan (575,000) and the United States (548,000).
Australia is one of Vietnam’s 10 largest tourism markets.
In the first nine months of this year, the number of Vietnamese tourists traveling abroad reached more than 3.8 million, a 2.5-fold increase year-on-year.