Vietnam Airlines to launch direct flights to Mumbai from May 20, ET TravelWorld

Vietnam Airlines to launch direct flights to Mumbai from May 20, ET TravelWorld

Expanding its international network to meet increasing demand of passengers, Vietnam Airlines is launching a new route connecting Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Mumbai from May 20.

The airline will operate four flights per week on the Hanoi-Mumbai route, departing on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and three flights per week on the Ho Chi Minh City-Mumbai route, departing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on Airbus A321.

To promote the route, Vietnam Airlines is offering special fares starting INR 22,972 (taxes and fees included) for flights between Mumbai and Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City. Ticketing and travel effectiveness would be valid till May 28, the airline announced.

The new route to Mumbai will significantly strengthen trade, cultural, social, and tourism ties between the two countries, the airline said in a statement.

Vietnam witnesses rise in local airfares amid increasing demand this holiday season

Airlines have resumed international routes after the pandemic, but cannot increase domestic flights like in 2022 due to the need to balance manpower and aircraft, resulting in limited domestic flights and ticket prices being pushed up, local newspaper Vietnam News reported on Monday, citing Bui Doan Ne, vice chairman of the association.

Earlier, the airline had introduced non-stop service connecting Vietnam and New Delhi in June 2022. Later, effective March 26, it increased the frequency of operation on the route between Hanoi and New Delhi to four flights/week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays; between Ho Chi Minh City and New Delhi to three flights/week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with Airbus A321 to facilitate travel needs of passengers.Strong air network between the two countries has been one of the main reason for tourism growth for Vietnam from India. According to the last figures shared by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Vietnam received more than 109,000 Indian visitors in the first 11 months of 2022, This was at an average growth rate of a 49 per cent per month, making India one of its top five source markets.

  • Published On Apr 18, 2023 at 10:21 AM IST

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