Vietnamese budget airline Vietjet has continued to expand its flight network across Northeast Asia by officially putting a new route connecting Ho Chi Minh City with Tokyo into operation on Friday morning.
The Vietnamese carrier held an opening ceremony at Narita International Airport in the Japanese capital to commence the service.
The Ho Chi Minh City-Narita service is Vietjet’s second route connecting the Tokyo-based airdrome with Vietnam, following its launch of a flight service between Tokyo and Hanoi last January.
According to Vietjet, the service will operate one daily return flight, with flight duration of approximately six hours per leg.
Speaking at Monday’s ceremony, Narita International Airport Corporation representative director and president Akihiko Tamura congratulated Vietjet’s new Ho Chi Minh City-Narita flight service.
“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Vietjet for launching its second service from Narita, and for contributing to the expansion of Narita Airport’s flight network,” Tamura said, adding that he looks forward to seeing these services between Narita and the two largest cities in Vietnam contribute to interaction between the two countries.
|Vietjet's vice-president Do Xuan Quang makes remarks at the new route’s opening at Narita International Airport in Tokyo on July 12, 2019. Photo: Vietjet|
Vietjet’s vice-president Do Xuan Quang, for his part, said the company is glad that “the new route allows it to offer the people of both countries, as well as international travelers, even more options for air travel in terms of departure times, destinations, and cost-saving fares.”
That same morning Vietjet treated the public and flight passengers aboard its debut flight from Tokyo to a traditional Japanese dance performance.
Passengers on the inaugural flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo also received lovely souvenirs from Vietjet staff.
Earlier in Tokyo, Vietjet also announced its fifth route to Japan connecting the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang with Tokyo (Haneda), which will operate a daily return service beginning on October 30, 2019 with a flight time of approximately five hours and thirty minutes per leg.
That same day, the airline received a membership certificate from the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren).
Vietjet is the first low-cost carrier in the world to join the biggest comprehensive economic federation in Japan.