Vietjet will operate six flights between India and Vietnam in a phased manner starting April 29. In a statement, the airline said flights on the Delhi-Hanoi route and Delhi-Ho Chi Minh City route which were operating before the COVID-19 pandemic will resume on April 29 and April 30, respectively.
Before the pandemic, Vietjet had operated two direct routes linking India’s capital city of New Delhi with Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi and the financial hub of Ho Chi Minh City in addition to charter flights from Vietnam to Bodh Gaya, the Indian Buddhist pilgrimage site.
The carrier announced new flights on the Mumbai-Hanoi route and Mumbai-Ho Chi Minh City route from June 3 and June 4, respectively. The flights on Mumbai – Phu Quoc route and the New Delhi-Phu Quoc route will start from September 9, it noted.
“With flights of just over five hours per leg, and a convenient flight schedule on offer throughout the week, Vietjet’s renewed and increased connectivity between Vietnam and India will create many more trade and tourism opportunities between the two countries, helping to boost the economies of both.”Dinh Viet Phuong, Dinh Viet Phuong, Vietjet
India resumed scheduled international passenger flights on March 27 after a two-year-long hiatus due to the pandemic.
During this period, only limited international passenger flights were operating to and from India under air bubble arrangements formed with specific countries. India had no such air bubble arrangement with Vietnam.
VietJet Air is a low-cost carrier based in Hanoi Noi Bai Airport, Vietnam. The carrier began operating in December 2011, after several delayed attempts, initially with 3 A320 aircraft to Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang.
VietJet had planned to utilise the AirAsia brand after receiving an investment from the Malaysian LCC but went ahead with the VietJet brand after AirAsia was denied regulatory approvals. The carrier operates services across Asia.