United offers $125 roundtrip fare for HCM City-Hong Kong

United Airlines is providing a low fare of US$125 for a roundtrip from Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong for maximum stay of four days, with year-round travel.

The fare does not include taxes, fees and surcharges. The American carrier says the total price, therefore, is US$188. The booking class is L.

The airline operates daily direct flights between Vietnam and the US via Hong Kong. The service was launched in December 2004, making United the first American carrier to fly to Vietnam since 1975.

Till the end of 2009, United had transported more than 700,000 passengers in the route. The carrier said it had recorded average yearly growth of 20% in passenger traffic to Vietnam over the past five years.

In June 2009, Delta Air Lines became the second US airline to fly to HCM City with flights operated by its wholly subsidiary Northwest Airlines. However, the service was discontinued in March this year.

In related news, United is working on a merger with Continental Airlines, another American carrier, to create the world’s biggest airline. The proposed merger has received the go ahead from the US Justice Department and is waiting for the US Transportation Department approval.

It is expected that the entire event would be wrapped up by early this October, according to industry sources.  

By Tuong Thuy

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