The flight and cabin crew of the inaugural VietJetAir service from Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong were given flowers and goodie bags to mark the event on 9 December. Three other carriers already operate the route.
- VietJetAir has added three new international routes in the last few days. On 9 December the Vietnamese LCC began daily flights on the 1,490-kilometre route between Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) and Hong Kong (HKG) which is already served by Cathay Pacific Airways (18 weekly flights), Vietnam Airlines (10) and Jetstar Pacific Airlines (four). Then on 12 December it introduced a five times weekly service between Ho Chi Minh City and Kaohsiung (KHH) in Taiwan. The 1,964-kilometre route is already flown by Vietnam Airlines with 10 weekly flights. Finally, also on 12 December, VietJetAir began a four times weekly service between Haiphong (HPH) and Seoul Incheon (ICN) in South Korea. This 2,652-kilometre route is not flown by any other carrier and is the airline’s first international service from Haiphong, from where it already serves seven domestic destinations. Haiphong, a coastal city and major port and industrial centre, is just 90 kilometres from Hanoi. All three of the new routes will be flown on the airline’s fleet of A320s. According to OAG data VietJetAir now accounts for 7.3% of scheduled seats on international flights to and from Vietnam, compared with 28.8% for Vietnam Airlines. However, a year ago the fast-growing LCC had just 4.0% of the international market to Vietnam Airlines’ 34.4%.