BANGKOK, 20 March 2018: Vietjet confirmed at the weekend it will launch a nonstop flight between Ho Chi Minh City and Brisbane in 2019.
Vietjet’s vice president Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh signed an agreement for the new service with Brisbane Airport Corporation.
Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and senior leaders of Vietnam and Australia witnessed the signing ceremony in Sydney.
This new flight will mean that via Thai VietJet’s daily services out of Bangkok, Thai passengers will be able travel to Ho Chi Minh City and connect with the flight to Australia taking advantage of low-cost fares for the through journey to Brisbane.
BAC CEO and managing director, Julieanne Alroe, said travel between Queensland and Vietnam has been growing at an average 8% per annum over the last five years and this new service would further stimulate the market.
“It makes perfect sense for Vietjet to choose Brisbane, Queensland as its very first Australian port for direct flights given Ho Chi Minh City is one of Brisbane’s top five markets and does not have a nonstop services,” she said.
Also, as part of the Vietnam Prime Minister’s official visit to Australia, Vietjet and Investec Bank PLC signed an MOU worth USD 609 million to finance the purchase of five Airbus A321 aircraft at manufacturer’s list price.