Vietjet is increasing its direct flights between Australia and Ho Chi Minh City from 20 to 34 per week from December.
The Vietnamese low-cost carrier will introduce daily flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City, and up its frequency from two to three return flights from Brisbane per week, using its A330 fleet.
Daily flights to Melbourne will commence on 1 December, leaving Ho Chi Minh City at 10:50am local time and landing at 11:35pm Melbourne time before returning to Vietnam at 1:30pm the next day. From Sydney, daily flights will begin on 5 December, leaving Ho Chi Minh City at 7:05pm local time and landing at 8:05am Sydney time, returning at 11:15am the next day.
Brisbane, meanwhile, will see Wednesdays added to its current Monday and Friday schedule as of 6 December. The increase comes just a few weeks after the Sunshine State capital became the final city in Vietjet’s rollout on the Australian eastern seaboard.
The carrier currently operates eight weekly return flights across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Speaking in March, Vietjet’s vice president, Nguyen Thanh Son, said the direct routes are “a significant step towards connecting Australia and Vietnam”.
“With our recent introduced connecting services through Ho Chi Minh City and soon other Vietnamese hubs, Vietjet can bring more passengers from Asia and European countries to Australia,” he said.
“Moreover, Australians now will find it super easy and economical to fly across Asian nations across our vast international network, which serves destinations like Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, mainland China, Thailand, India, Kazakhstan, and other Vietnamese touristy coastal cities such as Da Nang, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc.
“Our services would be a catalyst for the further growth of tourism and trade between the two nations in the coming year.”