There was a joint celebration at Ho Chi Minh City to mark VietJetAir’s new routes to Chiang Mai and Phuket, which began operating on 12 and 15 December respectively. Among those participating in the ceremonial ribbon cutting were Bui Ta Hoang Vu, Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism (third from left), and Manopchai Vongphakdi, Thailand’s Ambassador to Vietnam (fifth-left). VietJetAir presented passengers on the inaugural flight to Phuket with gifts to mark the occassion.
- VietJetAir launched two new routes from Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to Thailand in the space of four days this week, starting with flights to Chiang Mai (CNX) launching on 12 December, closely followed by the inaugural operation to Phuket (HKT) on 15 December. The 1,209-kilometre sector to Chiang Mai and the 962-kilometre connection to Phuket will both operate four times weekly, with the Vietnamese LCC’s A320s being utilised on both city pairs. There is currently no direct competition on either airport pair. OAG schedules show that VietJetAir will operate five different airport pairs between its home country and Thailand during W17/18. In addition to its latest routes, the carrier also flies to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi from Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Hai Phong.