Vietnam Airlines will begin non-stop flights between Shenzhen and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as Shenzhen and Hanoi to “meet rising air travel demand”, said the airline.

The flights, which will be flown on an Airbus A321, will mark Vietnam Airlines’ 15th and 16th routes connecting the country to China. Vietnam’s flag carrier will begin flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Shenzhen on November 27, while the Shenzhen-Hanoi route will start operating on November 28.

The new flights to Shenzhen are set to depart Ho Chi Minh City on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 2245, while flights leaving from Hanoi to Shenzhen will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2355. All flights from Shenzhen to both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi will depart at 0335, with Ho Chi Minh City flights departing every Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; and Hanoi flights every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

The airline will fly an A321 configured with 184 seats, 16 of these seats are business class while the remaining 168 seats are economy class.

“These new routes will not only connect Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to one of the most vibrant economic and technology hubs in China but also enable travellers to explore attractive domestic destinations in both Vietnam and China,” reads a press release from the airline.

In other news, the carrier announced last month that it would be rolling out a new in-flight wifi service on select Airbus A350 flights.

Vietnam Airlines rolls out in-flight wifi service