There was a welcoming ceremony in Van Don on 22 January for VietJet Air’s first flight from Ho Chi Minh City. Nguyen Duc Tam, VP VietJet Air (third left) was joined by representatives of Quang Ninh Province and Van Don International Airport for the official ribbon cutting to mark the start of the service. OAG data shows that Ho Chi Minh City is currently the only scheduled destination available from the new airport at Van Don, with this route also being served by Vietnam Airlines.
- VietJet Air added its first flights to Vietnam’s newest airport – Van Don (VDO) – on 22 January, when it began services from Ho Chi Minh City (SGN). The 1,144-kilometre connection will be operated four times weekly by the carrier’s A320s and A321s. The LCC will face direct competition from Vietnam Airlines which already serves this airport pair with daily flights. In its official press release VietJet explains that Van Don is situated in the Quang Ninh Province, and that the route will also serve as a direct gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay located 50 kilometres away, or approximately a 60-minute drive from the newly opened airport. The bay consists of over 1,600 islands and islets and is famous for its ocean karst topography.