Vietnam’s low-cost carrier VietJet is all set to double down on its network to India by announcing further connections from its coastal city Da Nang. The airline already operates flights from Delhi and Mumbai to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and wants to attract visitors from India with new direct routes.
Five new flights to India
On June 27th, VietJet announced that it would soon begin flights from the coastal city Da Nang to five Indian cities – New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad. The airline said in a statement that the new services will start within the third quarter of 2022 with four to seven return flights per week.
VietJet also announced to incorporate Da Nang’s tourism symbol on its fleet to promote the city globally. The airline’s Vice President Nguyen Thanh said,
“Vietjet believes that the new routes announced today will continue to contribute to opening more opportunities, promoting economic, trade and business investment between Da Nang and other Vietnamese cities and regional destinations.”
The budget carrier has transported around 22 million passengers to and from Da Nang so far and currently operates eight domestic and five international routes out of the coastal city.
Focus on India
Flight connectivity between India and Vietnam has increased significantly in the last few months, with VietJet launching a bunch of new flights. In April, the airline announced four new services from Vietnam to India, connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with Mumbai and Phu Quoc with Mumbai and Delhi.
The direct services from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Mumbai started on June 3rd and 4th, with three and four weekly return flights, respectively. The Phu Quoc – Mumbai route will see four round trips per week from September 8th, and the Phu Quoc – New Delhi will operate with a frequency of three round trips per week from September 9th.
The services between Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi and New Delhi resumed on April 29th and April 30th, respectively, with a frequency of three weekly return flights on each route.
The new services are relying on certain trade and tourist routes between the two countries. India sees a decent number of Vietnamese tourists to many of its Buddhist destinations as well as to key cities such as Delhi and Mumbai.
VietJet expects decent load factors this summer season and announced the resumption of several other routes earlier this year. The carrier has reopened services and increased frequency on several international routes such as Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.
The budget airline also plans to use the new Airbus A330 and A321XLR aircraft to develop new long-haul routes targeting Europe and Australia. Its goal is “to connect Vietnam to the world and bring the world to Vietnam.”
Here’s hoping the airline can grow and sustain a decent network during summer and beyond.
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