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Airlines slash fares for int’l flights

2011-09-12 (GMT + 7)

A number of local and foreign airlines have announced discount fares for international flights in a move to beef up bookings after the summer holiday.

Qatar Airways has launched a three-day campaign for guests to save up to 25 percent on return Economy-class fares and up to 15 percent on round-trip Business-class fares across its worldwide network from Vietnam.

The discount fares, available at or through its partners, will be available until March 31 next year.

Qatar Airways now operates daily services from Ho Chi Minh City and four weekly flights from Hanoi, and connect the two destinations to the airline’s more than 100 destinations worldwide via its hub in Doha.

To attract passengers to its services to London in December, Vietnam Airlines offers return fares for VND12.5 million (some US$599) for bookings from September 15 to October 15 and for travel before December 31.

The rate includes airport taxes and surcharges.

The national flagship said it would commence flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Gatwick Airport in London on December 8, using Boeing B777. London will be its fourth destination in Europe after Paris, Frankfurt and Moscow.

On Friday, AirAsia will start to offer a 20 percent off for all seats to all international and domestic destinations with booking period valid until September 11 and travel period from September 12 till November 16, 2011. This promotion will be available at

AirAsia currently conducts flights from Tan Son Nhat and Noi Bai international airports to Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur. Its member carriers, Thai AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia, have flights from Bangkok and Jakarta to the two airports of Vietnam and vice versa.

AirAsia applies the promotion to its service links in its hubs in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia with over 160 routes stretching to more than 20 countries and territories.

Source: VNA

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