Vietjet to open HCM City-Melbourne direct route from March
VGP - Budget carrier Vietjet Air has announced its opening of a route linking Ho Chi Minh City to Melbourne of Australia, starting March 31, 2022.
The ceremony was witnessed by Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment Tim Pallas who led a Victorian delegation on a working visit to Viet Nam.
Addressing the event, Tim Pallas welcomed the decision to commence flights connecting Viet Nam with Melbourne.
"The arrival of another airline from Southeast Asia is a win for the Victorian economy and local jobs – showing the strength of our tourism and export markets," he stressed.
At first, there will be three flights per week using Airbus wide-body aircraft A330, and this will be raised to seven per week from December 2024.
These flights are set to take off from the Vietnamese southern metropolis at 9:50am (local time) and land at the Melbourne airport at 10:35pm (local time) every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
From Melbourne – the capital and most populous city of the state of Victoria, Vietjet aircraft will depart at 0:30 am (local time) to reach HCM City at 5:15am every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
In 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 123,000 Vietnamese travelled to Australia.
The bilateral trade value reached a new record of US$12.4 billion in 2022./.