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Vietnam's newest airline launches three new routes to Hai Phong

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 14:06 GMT+7
Vietnam's newest airline launches three new routes to Hai Phong
Water salute is held the first flight from Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City to Hai Phong on May 10, 2019. Photo: Tuan Phung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s newest carrier Bamboo Airways on Friday launched inaugural flights for three new services connecting the northern port city of Hai Phong with the south-central, southern and Mekong Delta regions.

The new flights, linking Hai Phong with the south-central province of Binh Dinh, Ho Chi Minh City, and the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, operate with one round-trip flight per day.

The inaugural Hai Phong - Ho Chi Minh City Bamboo Airways flight landed at Cat Bi International Airport from Tan Son Nhat International Airport on Friday morning, followed by a welcome ceremony attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

It takes one hour 35 minutes to fly between Hai Phong and Quy Nhon, two hours for Hai Phong – Ho Chi Minh City, and two hours five minutes for the Hai Phong – Can Tho service, according to Bamboo Airways.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (third right) attends the opening ceremony of new Bamboo Airways routes at Cat Bi International Airport, Hai Phong City on May 10, 2019. Photo: Tuan Phung / Tuoi Tre
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (third right) attends the opening ceremony of new Bamboo Airways routes at Cat Bi International Airport, Hai Phong City on May 10, 2019. Photo: Tuan Phung / Tuoi Tre

Tickets for the new routes are available at promotional prices starting from VND200,000 (US$8.6) for bookings made between May 10 and 16.

The new services increase the total number of domestic routes of Bamboo Airways, which launched its first flight in January, to 20.

The figure will continue to rise soon, with Vietnam’s newest air carrier now planning to launch new routes connecting Hai Phong with the central city of Da Nang and the southern island of Phu Quoc, as well as international destinations such as Bangkok, Singapore, Seoul, and Siem Reapm according to Bamboo Airways general director Dang Tat Thang.

Bamboo Airways conducted nearly 4,000 flights in the first four months of this year with an on-time performance rate of 92 percent, the highest among local carriers.

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