Vietnam budget carrier opens route to Phu Quoc Island

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Vietnam private budget airline VietJetAir is set to launch its ninth domestic route linking Ho Chi Minh City to the southern island Phu Quoc on December 22.

The airline will operate one roundtrip each day. The 50-minute flight will depart from Ho Chi Minh City at 7:15 a.m. and arrive on Phu Quoc Island at 8:40 a.m.

Vietnam on November 30 opened its newest international airport on Phu Quoc, which cost VND16.2 trillion (US$777.4 million) to build.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung joined the route launching ceremony, which was also marked by the carrier distributing 300 health insurance cards to poor people in Kien Giang Province.

VietJetAir entered the aviation market last December and has been operating routes to and from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh, Hai Phong, Hue, Da Nang, Da Lat and Nha Trang.

It is set to make its first international flight on February 10, 2013, the first day of the Lunar New Year, from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok, Thailand, with one daily flight that departs at 11 a.m. and returns later the same afternoon.  

VietJetAir has also planned to offer routes to more destinations in Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia in 2013 and expand its fleet to 15 aircrafts by 2015.

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