Filipino low-cost carrier to launch direct flights to Vietnam
Philippines’ low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific announced yesterday it will officially open new air routes from Manila to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from April this year.
Philippine TV channel GMA reported the airline will provide the new services - licensed by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) early this month - with a special price of 499 pesos (US$12) per single ticket.
It is scheduled to operate three Manila-Hanoi flights a week starting April 10, and four flights from Manila to Ho Chi Minh City per week from April 11.
Cebu Pacific is interested in opening air routes to Vietnam because this is among the fastest growing nations in Asia, said Candice Iyog, the airline’s Deputy Marketing Director.
Cebu Pacific hopes to promote trade and tourism between the two countries, she added.
With its new flights, Cebu Pacific is to become the second airlines to connect Vietnam and the Philippines after the Philippines Airlines.
Of the 44 international airlines in operation in Vietnam, Tiger Airways (Singapore), AirAsia (Malaysia), Jestar Airways (Australia) and Viva Macau (Macau) are budget carriers.
In other news, Indonesian Lion Air has recently received a license from CAAV to re-open flights between Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City which were closed three years ago.
(Source: SGGP, VTC, TBKTVN)