Vietjet to launch 5 new routes to Asia-Pacific destinations

By Hoang Phong   October 5, 2023 | 06:46 pm PT
Vietjet to launch 5 new routes to Asia-Pacific destinations
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 major travel destinations with Asia-Pacific cities as year-end tourism season heats up.

Starting November 21, it will launch two new routes connecting Ho Chi Minh City with Australia's Perth and Adelaide with five flights a week, the carrier said in a press release.

The two new routes will make Vietjet the first Vietnamese carrier to operate flights connecting Vietnam with five largest cities in Australia, after Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

On December 10, the carrier will debut its route connecting Vietnam's biggest island Phu Quoc in the south with South Korea's Busan city with seven flights a week.

A month later, it will open a route linking Phu Quoc and Taipei in Taiwan with four flights a week.

From December 22, the Hanoi-Hong Kong route will officially be launched with seven return flights each week.

The launching of direct new routes to major tourist hubs in Asia-Pacific comes at a time when Vietnam has already achieved its 2023 foreign tourist target of 8 million and expects to welcome a total of 13 million by the end of this year.

Vietnam welcomed 8.9 million foreign tourists in the first nine months of the year.

South Korea was the biggest source of tourists with 2.5 million arrivals, followed by mainland China (1.1 million), Taiwan (575,000), and the U.S. (548,000).

Australia is one of Vietnam's 10 biggest feeder tourism markets.

In the first nine months of this year, the number of Vietnamese tourists traveling abroad reached over 3.8 million, up 2.5 times year-on-year.

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