There was a ceremonial ribbon cutting in Osaka Kansai on 14 December to mark the launch of VietJet Air’s new service from Ho Chi Minh City. Taking part in the launch celebrations were: Nguyen Thanh Son, VP of Vietjet Air; Kawai Yoshinori, representative from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism; Luu Duc Khanh, MD of Vietjet Air, Gregory Jamet, CCO at Kansai Airports; and Jay Lingeswara, Deputy Director Commercial, Strategy & Planning, VietJet Air.
- VietJet Air introduced a new service from Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to Osaka Kansai (KIX) on 14 December. It will operate the 3,906-kilometre connection on a daily basis using A320s. There is incumbent competition on this airport pair with Vietnam Airlines also offering daily flights. Gregory Jamet, CCO at Kansai Airports, said: “We are honoured that Kansai Airport has been chosen as Vietjet’s leading destination in Japan after the opening of this Hanoi-Osaka route. Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city as well as the most modern and vibrant financial and tourism hub. We hope more locals and tourists from Japan and Vietnam will enjoy travelling and trading between these two countries thanks to Vietjet’s fun and affordable flights. We expect that the airline will continue to expand its flight network to Kansai Airport.” VietJet is co-operating with Japan Airlines to offer a code-share service on its new route. This becomes the LCC’s second link to Osaka Kansai, with the airline already operating to the Japanese airport from Hanoi. VietJet plans to add another Japanese route on 11 January 2019, with the introduction of flights between Hanoi and Tokyo Narita.