Viet Nam Airlines will begin flying from Ha Noi to Louang Phrabang in Laos and Seam Reap in Cambodia this coming Sunday.
The national carrier will also start up a service between Ha Noi and China’s Guangzhou the following day, Vietnam Airlines spokesman Trinh Ngoc Thanh said.
There will be five flights a week from the Vietnamese capital to Louang Phrabang and Seam Reap, the exceptions being Tuesday and Sunday, and a service to Guangzhou every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
The once-weekly flight from Ha Noi to Vientiane, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City and back using a 79-seat Fokker has been profitable for Viet Nam Airlines, so the new services should prove to be a money spinner too.
Passenger numbers on the carriers’ planes are up 13 percent from a year ago. In the first nine months of 2007, Viet Nam Airlines carried a record 5.85 million passengers on 47,300 flights, earning VND14.48 trillion (US$893 million) in the process.
The airline is planning to begin direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Los Angeles and San Francisco in the USA at the end of next year.