Thai tourists will be able to fly to the Vietnamese resort town of Da Lat and return to Bangkok the same day with a new air route connecting the two cities scheduled for launch on Sunday, a local official said Wednesday.
The inaugural flight of the Da Lat – Bangkok service will depart from the Thai capital and land at Lien Khuong Airport on Sunday morning, said Nguyen Van Yen, deputy chairman of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.
The flight, operated by Thailand’s Skyview Airways, will enable 156 passengers on an Airbus A321 to tour Da Lat and play golf in the city before heading back to Thailand in the afternoon, according to a source from the airport.
The capital city of Lam Dong, Da Lat is a popular tourist destination with beautiful natural landscapes and temperate climate, thanks to its location 1,500 meters above sea level.
Da Lat is around 300km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City.
Following the Sunday flight, the Lam Dong administration and Skyview Airways will determine the final schedule for the service. The airline is expected to offer one weekly flight on the route.
Yen, the deputy chairman, also said Lam Dong authorities have received a proposal to open a Chengdu – Da Lat service from the administration of the Chinese city.
The Vietnamese province is seeking feedback from the Prime Minister on opening air routes to link Da Lat with other countries, including the proposed Chengdu service, Yen added.
The Da Lat – Bangkok service will facilitate trade between the two countries, as well as provide convenient travel for investors and tourists, according to the Lam Dong administration.
Skyview Airways is a Thai airline that provides short-haul and middle-haul routes with A320 and A321 aircraft, according to its website.
The airline focuses on large-size tour operators to charter the aircraft to their concentrated markets, and serve individual needs with daily or weekly scheduled flights to many destinations.