Vietjet to fly to Bangkok

December 4, 2012 by  
Filed under ASEAN AFFAIRS, Aviation, News

BANGKOK, 4 December 2012: VietJet Air has announced it will launch a Ho Chi Minh City-Bangkok service, 10 February 2013, an auspicious day in a week of  Chinese New Year celebrations.

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Vietjet Air will be the second low-cost airline to operate between the two cities. The other is Thai AirAsia, while most of the capacity is offered by full-service airlines —Thai Airways International, Vietnam Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa.

The airline will initially operate a daily flight using  an Airbus A320 aircraft departing Ho Chi Minh City at around 1120 and returning from Suvarnabhumi Airport at 1355.

The carrier recently launched its newest route from Ho Chi Minh City to the former imperial city of Hue in central Vietnam, 22 November and will add two more routes  connecting Ho Chi Minh City with Phu Quoc and Hanoi with Dalat later this month.

The airline now has seven domestic routes on a network that also links Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Nha Trang, Danang, Vinh and Hai Phong. More international routes linking Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to major destinations in Southeast Asia and North Asia are planned for 2013 and it hopes to increase its fleet from six aircraft at the end of 2012 to 15 aircraft by 2015.

Last October, national carrier, Vietnam Airlines, increased frequency from two to three flights daily on the Bangkok route. THAI continues to offer two daily flights; QR and Turkish, one daily each, Lufthansa three weekly and FD, three daily.

Price-wise, Vietjet Air will pitch regular fares from around Bt4,000, while Thai AirAsia, sells at Bt5,300. There is also a limited promotional fare of Bt2,300 on FD.

Full-service airlines  from Europe and the Middle East also serve the Ho Chi Minh City-Bangkok route, but with lower frequencies. The fares are competitive.

Lufthansa has the lowest frequency and the cheapest economy fare at Bt5,560 followed by Turkish at Bt5,990 and Qatar, Bt6,345. Vietnam Airlines sells from Bt6,935 and THAI, Bt12,960. Business class fares are quoted at Bt12,375 by TK; Bt14,015, LH; Bt15,570, QR; Bt16,035, VN and Bt19,885, TG.

 

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