VietJet Air, the country’s fastest growing low-cost carrier, launched its ninth domestic route linking Ho Chi Minh City with Vietnam’s holiday paradise Phu Quoc on December 15.
|VietJet Air representative gives PM Dung a souvenir on the special occasion (Photo: Kieu Duong )|
On the same day, Airports Corporation of Vietnam, the Ministry of Transport and the People’s Committee in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang hosted an inaugural ceremony of Phu Quoc International Airport.
Three airline companies of Vietnam have registered to operate in Phu Quoc International Airport including Vietnam Airlines (VNA), Air Mekong and VietJet Air.
Some airline companies from Russia, Europe, South Korea and Southeast Asia are also studying the possibility of opening air routes to Phu Quoc Island.
Since coming into operation on December 2, Phu Quoc Airport has received an average 22 flights a day with 13,700 passengers, mainly businessmen, investors and visitors, said Dao Viet Dung, director general of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam, Phu Quoc International Airport’s investor.
The ceremony was attended by Prime Minster Nguyen Tan Dung, the Ministry of Transport, People’s Committee in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang and representatives from VietJet Air.
The carrier made a milestone as it is now the first airline operating A320 aircraft on the route.
The carrier also marked this special occasion by providing 300 health insurance cards to residents of Kien Giang province living in disadvantaged circumstances.
The Ho Chi Minh City – Phu Quoc route initially will operate one round trip a day with 180 leather-covered seats. The 50 minute flight will depart from Ho Chi Minh City at 7:15am and arrive in Phu Quoc at 8:05am. The return flight will depart at 8:40am.