KUALA LUMPUR, 20 December 2018: AirAsia is ready to boost services to Phu Quoc island in southern Vietnam, effective 12 February.
Currently, the airline flies four weekly services to the popular holiday island, but intends to go daily on the route in February.
The route was first launched early November using an A320 aircraft.
Flights will depart Kuala Lumpur at 1250 and arrive in Phu Quoc at 1335. The return flights depart Phu Quoc at 1405.
However, passengers flying from elsewhere in AirAsia’s regional network – including China, India, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore – can also connect seamlessly to Phu Quoc using the Fly-Thru transit service via Kuala Lumpur.
Travellers from any country may visit Phu Quoc visa-free for up to 30 days as long as they do not travel to mainland Vietnam.
Phu Quoc is AirAsia Malaysia’s fifth route to Vietnam. Besides Phu Quoc, the airline also flies to Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Hanoi and Nha Trang (Cam Ranh).
From Thailand, Bangkok Airways is the only airline offering a direct flight to Phu Quoc.
Flight time from Kuala Lumpur is one hour and 45 minutes and from Bangkok one hour and 50 minutes, but the fares illustrate the vast difference between low-cost and full-service airline fares. AirAsia quotes a roundtrip fare of USD73 with no extras and Bangkok Airways quotes an all-inclusive fare of USD235. That’s quite a margin between a base no-frills fare and one including checked baggage allowance, free seat selection and an inflight meal.
Bottom line: Malaysian travellers get a better deal on travel to Phu Quoc.