Jetstar Pacific launches Dong Hoi-Chiang Mai service

Airports across the country served 55.41 million passengers in the period from January to July this year. — VNA/VNS Photo Airports across the country served 55.41 million passengers in the period from January to July this year, reported the Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam. The number of passengers passing through terminals nationwide in July alone was 9.11 million, a year-on-year increase of 12.2 per cent. Of which, international arrivals were 2.34 million, up 2.1 per cent, and domestic travelers were 6.77 million, up 16.2 per cent. There are currently 63 foreign airlines from 25 countries and territories participating in the Vietnamese air transport market to operate regular international flights to Viet Nam. Foreign airlines and three Vietnamese airlines including Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Jetstar Pacific Airlines are operating 105 international flights to and from Ha Noi, HCM City, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Hai Phong. In the domestic market, four Vietnamese airlines including Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Jetstar Pacific Airlines and Vietnam Air Services Company (Vasco) are operating 52 domestic routes connecting Ha Noi, Da Nang and HCM City with 18 local airports. Recently, the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) has taken a series of measures to enhance the capacity of local airports, especially the three international airports of Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat and Da Nang. The corporation also tightened inspections and surveillance to ensure service quality during the peak travel season in summer…... [read more]

Illustrative image (Source: Jetstar Pacific) Quang Binh (VNA) – The low-cost Jetstar Pacific Airlines will launch the first flight from Dong Hoi, the central province of Quang Binh, to Chiang Mai province, Thailand, on August 11, according to the provincial Tourism Department on August 7.  The service will operate two weekly flights on Monday and Friday, using Airbus A320 with 180 seats and lasting one hour and 40 minutes. On July 20, Jetstar Pacific sold fares on the website and at ticket agents, costing at least 410,000 VND one-way, exclusive of taxes, fees and promotions. Dang Dong Ha, Deputy Director of the provincial Tourism Department, said it is the first international flight in Dong Hoi and the only service of Vietnam to Chiang Mai. According to him, Chiang Mai is the largest province in the north and the second largest tourism hub in Thailand with nearly 10 million visitors. It is also a transit to other ASEAN member states. Quang Binh is well-known for the world natural heritage Phong Nha -  Ke Bang National Park, limestone caves such as Phong Nha, Thien Duong, Son Doong, beautiful beaches and film studio of blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island”. The province is expected to be a film studio of Hollywood blockbusters in the near future. It is also home to relic and cultural sites and the last resting place of legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap. Once launched, the…... [read more]

NDO – A total of 9.11 million passengers arrived at Vietnamese airports in July, up 12.2% over the same period of 2016, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV). Of the number, international arrivals accounted for 2.34 million, up 2.1% and domestic visitors at 6.77 million, up 16.2% over the same period last year. According to a previous report by CAAV, during the first six months of the year, the aviation market continued to a show high growth rate, serving 30.3 million visitors, an increase of 19.5% over the same period in 2016. Passengers travelling through airports in Vietnam reached 46.3 million, up 17.5% and the transportation volume of Vietnamese airlines reached 21.8 million passengers, up 15.1%. In total, from the beginning of this year, the overall output of passengers through Vietnam's airports and airfields reached 55.41 million. The Vietnamese aviation transport market has involved the participation of 63 foreign airlines, from 25 different countries and territories, operating regular international flights to Vietnam. Foreign airlines and three Vietnamese airlines, including national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Jetstar Pacific Airlines, operate 105 international flight routes to and from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Hai Phong. In the domestic market, Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Jetstar Pacific Airlines and Vasco are currently operating 52 domestic routes connecting Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City with 18 local airports throughout the country. In addition to…... [read more]

Domestic air carriers post huge profits in H1Le Anh HCMC – Domestic airlines posted huge revenues and profits in the first half of 2017 following a 19.5% year-on-year growth of the aviation market with the number of air passengers reaching 30.3 million, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV). There are currently 63 foreign airlines from 25 countries and territories operating international flights to and from Vietnam. On the domestic market, four domestic airlines namely Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Jetstar Pacific Airlines and VASCO are operating 52 domestic air routes connecting Hanoi, Danang and HCMC with 18 local airports. Local and foreign carriers also have conducted chartered flights to Can Tho, Dalat and Vinh among others. Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air, two domestic largest airlines, both posted huge revenues and profits in the year’s first half. Vietjet’s business report for the first six months of 2017 released last week shows that both revenue and profit of the airline far exceeded the plan. In particular, Vietjet posted revenue of over VND10.7 trillion (nearly US$472 million), up 45.1% compared to the same period last year, and reaching 108% of the six-month plan. Its pre-tax profit amounted to nearly VND1.1 trillion, up 46% year-on-year. Vietjet is operating 73 domestic and international air routes. The number of people flying with Vietjet in January-June totaled 8.27 million, a rise of 22.4% year-on-year. Meanwhile, the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines served nearly 10.3 million air passengers in the first six months of 2017, increasing…... [read more]

Viet Jet Air offers New Year discounts According to millions of eDreams bookings during 2011, the first Vietnamese low-cost carrier offers the cheapest flights worldwide (€8.55 per 100 miles), followed by Monarch from the UK (€9.61) and Romania’s Blue Air (€10.43). EDreams rankings aim to provide customers with a valuable tool for flight search, especially in the context of the world’s gloomy economy. Formerly known as Pacific Airlines, the airline was renamed Jetstar Pacific in 2008 with 27 percent of its share being held by Qantas General Trading Company. The other shareholders are State Capital Investment Corporation and Saigon Tourist Holding Company. The low-cost carrier is now operating domestic flights to Hanoi, HCM City, Danang, Hue, Vinh, Haiphong, and Nha Trang.... [read more]

Flight BL510 departing from Ho Chi Minh City at 6:50 am changed course to land at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport instead of its origin destination- the Cat Bi international airport in the northern port city of Hai Phong. The carrier took measures to ensure its customers were transported from Hanoi to Hai Phong as well as transversely from Hai Phong to Hanoi for departures to Ho Chi Minh City. On the same day, other two flights connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong city, BL516 and BL517, were rerouted to Noi Bai airport. Departure and landing times for flights at the Vinh airport in central Nghe An province were also changed due to fog. According to a Jetstar Pacific executive, bad weather in Haiphong and Vinh had a ripple effect on flight schedules at other airports.... [read more]

A province tourism official told a recent meeting that the nearly 11-kilometer cable car system to be built by Danang-based real estate and resort developer Sun Group would be above the trees in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park and end 300-600 meters from the cave and not right at the entrance as the media reported. The telpher would allow tourists to admire the landscapes from above, he added. A plan first unveiled by Quang Binh authorities in last October envisaged the cable system ending inside Son Doong. But a few weeks later authorities changed their description, saying it would link the cave with another cave called Tien Son. But critics were not mollified and said it would still harm the environment. Sun Group has not made any comment. Quang Binh vice chairman Tran Tien Dung said at the meeting, held to promote the province’s tourism in Ho Chi Minh City, that the investor has done little except sending some foreign experts to do the environmental impact assessment for the project. Sun Group is supposed to do many things to get approvals from government agencies and international organizations like UNESCO in order to undertake such a large project in a national park, he said. The plan’s supporters have said the cable car would encourage more tourists to explore the cave. Cave sells Son Doong is now a big attraction with global media agencies and film studios taking interest in it, Dung said at the meeting, adding that though…... [read more]

The flight increase is designed to satisfy the increasing demand for travel during the upcoming Liberation Day (April 30) and International Labour Day (May 1) holidays. Accordingly, the airline is expected to increase some “hot routes” including Danang-Hanoi (101 flights), Hanoi-Dong Hoi (48 flights), Hanoi-Phu Quoc (35 flights), Hanoi-Nha Trang (27 flights), Ho Chi Minh City-Phu Quoc (106 flights), Ho Chi Minh City-Danang (67 flights), and Ho Chi Minh City-Nha Trang (64 flights). In addition, low-fare carrier Jetstar Pacific (JP) will begin service between Hanoi and Da Lat, with a flight each way (to/from) on June 1. During this period, JP will also open a new Hanoi-Phu Quoc air route until September 6.... [read more]

Vietnam Airlines was followed by VietJet Air, Jetstar Pacific and Vasco with 175 flights, 76 flights, and four flights delayed, making up 34.7%, 15.4%, and 0.8%, respectively. During the holiday, local carriers successfully operated 3,277 flights, of with 504 were delayed and six canceled, occupying 15.4% and 0.2% of the total. During the holiday, the total output of passenger and goods transferred through Vietnamese airports reached 893,000 visitors and about 9,400 metric tons of cargo, up 27.5% and 4.6% compared with the same period in 2014, according to figures the CAAV released on May 4. In particular, the statistics showed that Vietnamese carriers successfully transported 433,000 passengers and 2,800 metric tons of cargo, up 30.3% and five percent compared with the same period of 2014. The Southeast Asian country last week enjoyed a six-day holiday starting with the national festival to commemorate the death anniversary of the Hung Kings, the founders of the nation, which falls on the 10th day of the third month of this lunar year, or April 28, followed by Reunification Day (April 3 ) and Labor Day (May 1), and the weekend (May 2-3).... [read more]

Vietnam Airlines, the national flag carrier, said it has cancelled 62 flights from and to Danang, Hue, Nha Trang, Vinh, Dong Hoi, Thanh Hoa, Pleiku. Buon Me Thuot, Quy Nhon, and Tuy Hoa. Flights to Danang and Hue are due to resume after 06.00pm on November 10. Vietnam Airlines said it will increase the number of post-storm flights for stranded passengers. Budget airline VietJetAir announced it has cancelled a total of 24 flights to the central region, and will resume operation as soon as typhoon Haiyan dissipates. Passengers can contact the airline via telephone calls, SMSs and email to have their airfares refunded or reserved on request. Storm weather also forced Jetstar Pacific to cancel all flights to Danang from HCM City and Hanoi. It plans to add new flights to its normal schedule and arrange more seats for stranded passengers on the following days.... [read more]

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