Melbourne Airport celebrated the launch of Jetstar Airways’ three times weekly service to Ho Chi Minh City on 10 May. The Qantas-owned LCC will be competing with Vietnam Airlines which is currently serving the route with five weekly flights. (Source: SDP Media)
- Jetstar Airways has resumed flights to Vietnam after a five year hiatus. On 10 May, the Qantas-owned LCC began three times weekly flights on the 6,693-kilometre route between Melbourne (MEL) and Ho Chi Minh City (SGN). The following day it launched four times weekly flights between Sydney (SYD) and the Vietnamese city. Both routes will be flown by the airline’s 335-seat 787-8s. SkyTeam member Vietnam Airlines already serves both routes with five times weekly flights. Between September 2008 and March 2012 Jetstar had served Ho Chi Minh City from Darwin, while its last service from Sydney was back in August 2008. Dean Salter, CEO, Jetstar Airways, said: “There is enormous potential for Vietnam to become one of the most popular destinations for Australian travellers thanks to its wonderful year-round climate and great beaches, food and culture. We are already the biggest Australian carrier operating into Bali, Phuket and Hawaii – Vietnam is the next step in expanding our international network for budget conscious travellers.” In Ho Chi Minh City passengers can connect onto flights of Jetstar Pacific Airlines which is a joint venture between Qantas and Vietnam Airlines.