Jakarta. Vietnamese budget airline VietJet Air will commence regular flights between Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 20 as part of efforts to tap Southeast Asia's largest market.
"Vietjet Air's new route is expected to strengthen relations between the two countries to encourage the development of economic, cultural and financial sectors, which could ultimately impact on the trade sector and regional integration," VietJet Air vice president Dinh Viet Phuong said in a statement on Tuesday (22/08).
The flights will take around three hours, departing from Jakarta at 1.40 a.m., while flights from Ho Chi Minh City will arrive at 11.40 p.m.
The route will offer easy access for tourists from Vietnam visiting Indonesia, while it will also boost tourism to Ho Chi Minh City, known for its rich cultural heritage and popular beaches.
VietJiet Air is the largest private airline in Vietnam and operates 45 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. The airline, which was established in 2011, previously made international headlines with its bikini-clad air stewardesses.
The airline also operates 48 on domestic routes and 35 international routes, including Taipei (Taiwan), Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul (South Korea), Yangon (Myanmar), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Siem Reap (Cambodia) and several cities in China.
According to Tourism Ministry data, 60,000 Vietnamese tourists visited Indonesia last year, which represents a 36.4 percent year-on-year increase.