A Vietnamese air charter provider has reinstated a direct service between Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and Thailand, hoping to tap into growing demand as the summer vacation heats up.
A nonstop flight between the southern Vietnamese city of Can Tho and Bangkok was launched on Wednesday, marking the resumption of the service operated by Transportation Services Company (Worldtrans).
The inaugural flight, carrying 180 passengers on an Airbus 320, departed from Can Tho International Airport and arrived in the Thai capital after one hour and 25 minutes.
It normally takes people in the Vietnamese city more than three hours to travel to Ho Chi Minh City before boarding a plane to Bangkok there.
Worldtrans will offer a total of 28 charter flights on the Can Tho – Bangkok route with a frequency of one trip every four days, from June 6 to July 28.
The service will depart from Can Tho at 9:05 am and arrive in Bangkok at around 10:30 am. The return flight will leave the Thai capital at 7:00 am and land in Can Tho at around 8:25 am.
In 2017, the Can Tho – Bangkok charter service also opened in the summer, but the number of flights operated was only half of this year’s figure.
As of Wednesday, Worldtrans had sold out 5,000 tickets for all of those 28 flights.
The company will review the economic effectiveness of the route after the last flight on July 28 to see if it should continue the service until the end of 2018, according Vu Duc Bien, chairman and general director of the company.
Worldtrans will also wait until that point to set a new plan for 2019, he added.
Worldtrans plans to launch direct charter flights from Can Tho and other Vietnamese provinces and cities to Japan, South Korea, mainland China, Taiwan and ASEAN countries in the future.