VietJetAir sets date for HCMC-Buon Ma Thuot service

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VietJetAir has ticked May 20 for launching its new domestic route connecting HCMC with Buon Ma Thuot City as this time is considered as the start of summer for busy air travel in Vietnam. The private carrier is offering fares for this new service from VND390,000 (US$19).

Passengers can find fares on www.vietjetair.com and other sales channels for VietJetAir’s HCMC-Buon Ma Thuot route, with its daily flight taking off Tan Son Nhat Airport at 6.30 p.m. and landing in the Central Highlands city 55 minutes later. The return flight sets off at 7:50 p.m.

Desmond Lin, director of business development at VietJetAir, said the carrier was delighted to introduce its flights to Buon Me Thuot, which is also known as the “coffee capital” of Vietnam.

“Renowned for its coffee plantations and as a gateway into the Central Highlands of Vietnam, this city is set to become a tourist destination for those who wish to discover the heart of Vietnam’s highlands,” Lin said.

Lin added that the new route would also facilitate business and trade between Buon Me Thuot and the country’s economic hub HCMC as well as further promoting Vietnam tourism to the world.

VietJetAir is one of Vietnam’s two no-frills airlines serving Buon Ma Thuot, and the other is Jetstar Pacific, which started to fly to this Central Highlands city just last week. Private carrier Air Mekong used to conduct flights to Buon Ma Thuot but had to suspend all domestic services from March this year to restructure operations.

With the HCMC-Buon Ma Thuot service, VietJetAir will cover 10 destinations, including HCMC, Hanoi, Dalat, Danang, Phu Quoc, Vinh and Haiphong. The airline began its first international service between HCMC and Bangkok in February 2013 and now plans more outbound flights connecting HCMC and Hanoi with other major cities around Asia later this year.

Nguyen Duc Tam, deputy general director of VietJetAir, said the airline experienced an encouraging 2012 when it surpassed initial targets, with seat occupancy rate averaging 87% in that year.

(Sai Gon Times)

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