Vietnam boosts Seoul flights

HANOI, 2 February 2018: Keen to tap Vietnam’s popularity with Korean travellers Vietnam Airlines will expand services to Seoul Incheon and add a new route this March.

The new service and increases in flights are logged in the airline’s summer timetable effective 25 March to 31 October, according to Airlineroute.

The new service will link Cam Ranh, the closest airport to Nha Trang city, with Seoul offering four  weekly flights on Tuesday, Wednesday Saturday and Sunday. Flights depart Cam Ranh at 2135.

On the Ho Chi Minh City to Seoul route, flights will increase from 11 to 14 per week. The double daily service will use a mix of Airbus A321s and Airbus A350s. Flights will depart HCMC at 0920 and 2345 and return from Seoul at 1015 and 1755.

From Hanoi the service to Seoul will upgrade aircraft from an Airbus A321 to the larger Airbus A350 serving the route twice daily with departures from Hanoi at 1030 and 2345.

The additional route and flights are in response to a 56.4% increase in holiday travel from South Korea to Vietnam that totalled 2,415,245 visits in 2017.

Overall, Vietnam closed 2017 with 12.9 million tourist arrivals up 32%. North Asia’s big four dominate the market mix led by China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.