Vietnam Airlines officially launched flights between Phu Quoc resort island and Singapore on Sunday with two flights a week on each direction on Airbus 321 aircraft.
Flights depart Phu Quoc Airport at 10:55 p.m. and Changi Airport at 2:50 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays which takes about one hour and 45 minutes, according the national flag carrier.
Vietnam Airlines general director Pham Ngoc Minh said the new flights will connect Phu Quoc with the world and facilitating economic and tourism cooperation.
“The new flights will contribute for Phu Quoc to become a special economic zone in the future,” he said.
Vietnam Airlines also pledged to cooperate with Kien Giang Province's government to promote Phu Quoc as an attractive tourist destination.
The airlines is considering opening more air services from the resort island to other destinations in Southeast Asia.
The new flights to Singapore was launched a day after Vingroup inaugurated the island’s first five-star resort after ten months of construction.
The 300-hectare resort, located on a beautiful beach, has a 27-hole golf course, entertainment areas and villas and hotels with 750 rooms. Besides, it includes ar large convention center, spa and swimming pool.
Le Van Thi, chairman of Kien Giang Province People’s Committee, said Vinpearl Phu Quoc is the province’s biggest project that improved local tourism infrastructure.
Phu Quoc Island will also host Miss Vietnam 2014 from November 26 – December 6.
In May, the Ministry of Planning and Investment has called on Singapore to support Vietnam in developing Phu Quoc into Southeast Asia’s center for tourism, science and technology.
Nguyen Thanh Nghi, deputy chief of Kien Giang's Party Unit and the province's vice mayor, said Vietnam is drafting a plan to develop Phu Quoc as a special economic zone where investors will enjoy the country’s most favorable policies for the first time.
These policies will include land use, corporate tax, income tax and import tax benefits.
Phu Quoc consists of 593 square kilometers (equal to the size of Singapore) with a population of 103,000 people. The government has granted visa exemptions for foreigners visiting the island for up to 30 days.