Vietnam budget airline to fly to highlands coffee town

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Low-cost carrier VietJetAir has begun selling tickets on its new domestic route, which will connect Ho Chi Minh City to the country's coffee capital Buon Me Thuot in the Central Highlands starting May 20.

There will be one round trip per day, with fares starting from VND390,000 (US$19). Flights will take off from Ho Chi Minh City at 6:30 p.m. and each way is expected to take 55 minutes.

Desmond Lin, the airline's Business Development Director called Buon Me Thuot, the capital town of Dak Lak Province, "the heart of Vietnam's highlands," saying it could be a tourism hotspot for those interested in the region.

VietJetAir entered the market in December 2011 and is flying to and from nine local destinations including Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Lat, Da Nang, Phu Quoc, Hue, Nha Trang, Vinh and Hai Phong.

The carrier's first international route between Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok was opened February 10 at a fare of $10 until the end of this year. The local company has also appointed Quality Express Tour, one of Thailand's leading travel agencies established in 1999, as a sales agent.

It plans to launch other services connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to other Southeast and Northeast Asian destinations this year.

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