Vietnamese airlines have announced new discounts on local and international flights for the next several months.
National carrier Vietnam Airlines is cutting between 20-70 percent off the prices of many domestic flights purchased between March 8-19, charging VND1,199,000 (US$57) for one-way Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City flights and VND777,000 ($37) for flights between Hanoi/HCMC and Hue/Da Nang.
The reduced fares apply for flights made between April 1-26 and September 5 to October 31.
A Monday report by Thoi bao Kinh te Saigon Online quoted a source from Vietnam Airlines as saying the discounted seats will total more than 100,000, or 17 percent of all tickets sold during the promotional period.
Many two-way flights to 26 destinations in Asia, Europe and Australia, covering more than 80,000 seats, will also be discounted to between $49-499.
Two-way tickets from HCMC to Bangkok/Kuala Lumpur/Singapore will cost $49, and $499 between Hanoi/HCMC to London or Paris.
The promotional international tickets also have to be purchased between March 8-19. They are valid for flights made between April 1-11, April 18-25, May 3-31, and September 5 to October 31.
Just before the Vietnam Airlines promotion was announced Monday, the new private budget airline VietJetAir announced domestic fares of VND299,000 ($14) for Hanoi-HCMC flights, before it launches the new routes HCMC Da Nang on April 27 and Hanoi Nha Trang on May 19.
VietJetAir said around 30,000 cheap tickets will be sold randomly until 5 p.m. on April 4, for travel period between April 1 to December 31, except for flights between April 27 and May 2, August 31 and September 3, and December 22-25.
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