Private carrier Air Mekong began to fly between Hanoi and Con Dao Island since Thursday (Sep, 8th) with a refueling stopover in Ho Chi Minh City.
Passengers can retire to lounges at Tan Son Nhat Airport during the 40-minute stop and return to the aircraft by a private entrance.
There will be flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays every week.
The flights depart Hanoi at 9.40 am and arrive in Con Dao at 1.05 pm. The return flights will leave Con Dao Island at 1.40 pm and arrive Hanoi at 5.15 pm.
The fare costs US$85 plus taxes and fees.
Air Mekong is the third private airline in Vietnam, starting service since 2010 and exploiting the domestic market. Air Mekong is based in Phu Quoc and the passengers are increasing because of its cheap price and good service.
After nearly one year of operations, Air Mekong has carried more than 600,000 passengers from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc, Con Dao, Pleiku, Da Lat , Ban Me Thuot, Quy Nhon and Vinh.
The disadvantages of Air Mekong is that it operates mainly with small airplanes so each flight can have an intake of about 100 passengers only.