Vietnam’s budget Vietjet announced on Monday the launch of two non-stop flights from major Vietnamese cities to Japan at a ceremony in Tokyo, where it also received the membership certificate from the Japan Business Federation.
The event was attended by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who was on a busy trip to Japan to attend the G20 Summit and pay an official visit to the East Asian country from June 26 to July 1.
PM Phuc and other high-ranking Vietnamese dignitaries congratulated Vietjet on the launch of the two new routes, Ho Chi Minh City – Tokyo (Narita) and Da Nang – Tokyo (Haneda).
The service from Ho Chi Minh City will operate one daily return flight from July 12, and the Da Nang - Tokyo route from October 26, also with one return flight per day.
The flight duration is approximately six hours per leg for the Ho Chi Minh City - Tokyo service, and five hours and thirty minutes per leg for the service from Da Nang.
|Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc gives congratulatory remarks at Vietjet’s ceremony in Tokyo on July 1, 2019. Photo: Vietjet
“Vietjet has just been established for a few years but developed rapidly with a good record of safety and increasing quality service,” PM Phuc remarked at Monday’s event.
The Vietnamese head of government expected that Vietjet will become a strong carrier in the region, while hailing the no-frills carrier for becoming an official member of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren.
The premier said this was an important milestone for not only the airline but also Vietnamese businesses in general as Vietjet, as a special foreign enterprise, is the first low-cost carrier to join Keidanren.
Keidanren is the biggest comprehensive economic federation in Japan, which comprises around 1,500 members, including leading companies in the country, national industrial associations, regional economic organizations and other special members.