Aircraft park at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, October 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy
Low-cost carrier Vietjet plans to open its first direct route between Vietnam and Bangladesh in December to boost economic and tourism development.
Initially, there will be charted flights between Hanoi and Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, with a plan to start regular flights in phases based on passenger demand, The Business Standard newspaper reported, citing Taslim Amin Shovon, director and CEO of Bangladesh-based InnoGlobe Travel and Tours Limited.
“It takes a lot of time and money to travel from Bangladesh to Vietnam as passengers always have to go via a third country. If direct flights are launched, it will be economical in all aspects,” he added.
Before the pandemic, Vietnam Airlines was the only domestic carrier to operate a direct route from Ho Chi Minh City to Dhaka, which has not been resumed.
Vietnam reopened its borders and resumed pre-pandemic visa policies since March 15.
So far this year Vietnam has received only 1.87 million foreign visitors, or 30% of its full-year target of five million.