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New international flights take to skies

Released at: 20:19, 17/07/2017

New international flights take to skies

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Six new routes have opened or are about to open linking Vietnam with Asian destinations.

by Le Diem

New international routes have opened up to and from Vietnam to meet increasing demand from both business people and travelers.

The Thanh Hoa-Bangkok route connecting the capital of the northern province of the same name with Thailand’s capital was introduced a few days ago as a charter flight by local tour operator, Vietravel. It uses Vietjet Air aircraft with 180 seats, and four flights are expected from July 28 to August 30. Round-trip tickets are VND4.55 million ($200). Viettravel also offers a five-day tour from Thanh Hoa - Bangkok - Pattaya for VND7.45 million ($330).

The first international flights are also being conducted to and from Dong Hoi in central Quang Binh province and Chiang Mai, Thailand, from August 11. Jetstar will conduct the flights on Monday and Friday. One-way tickets, including taxes, start from $100.

Jetstar has also opened ticket sales on its Da Nang and Hanoi - Osaka route, operating from September 1 and 2 with a frequency of four flights a week from both cities. One-way tickets are VND1.5 million ($66), excluding taxes and charges.

Vietjet is also conducting new Hanoi - Yangon flights, from August 31. One-way tickets are currently being sold for VND105,000 ($4.6), excluding taxes and fees.

AirAsia, meanwhile, will begin flights from the beach city of Nha Trang to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur from September 14. This is the first flight by Asia’s largest low-cost airline to and from Nha Trang. One-way tickets are VND790,000 ($35), excluding taxes and fees.

Previously, the only international routes to and from Can Tho were charter flights, bringing passengers to Bangkok from June 27 and jointly conducted by Vietjet Air and WorldTrans, the sea and air freight arm of Viettravel. By the end of July it was conducting eight round-trip flights, with tickets costing VND4.8 million ($211). A tour of five days and four nights from Can Tho to Thailand is available for VND6.99 million ($307).

Plans are also in place to open new direct flights to and from Can Tho and South Korea, Japan, and Singapore, as well as Hai Phong, Vinh (Nghe An), Cam Ranh (Khanh Hoa), Da Lat (Lam Dong) and Hue in Vietnam.

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