Fast-growing Vietnamese low-cost carrier Vietjet Air will launch a twice-weekly service between Hanoi and Hiroshima.

This marks the first-ever direct route linking Vietnam with Japan’s Hiroshima and the airline’s eighth route between the two countries.

The new route will commence from July 19 with an initial two flights per week, on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Flights will depart Hanoi at 0215 and arrive in Hiroshima approximately 4 fours and 30 minutes later at 0845. The return services depart southern Japan at 0945 and get back into the Vietnamese capital at 1235.

“In Hiroshima Prefecture, we are working together with Hiroshima International Airport to expand the aviation network from the airport. I am very pleased to announce the opening of Vietjet’s new route today, the first air service in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions connecting to Vietnam. I hope that the direct flights to and from Hiroshima Airport will enhance the convenience of travel between Vietnam and our prefecture and look forward to active mutual exchanges in a wide range of fields, including business and tourism,” said Masahiko Tanabe, deputy-governor of Hiroshima Prefecture.

“As a proud member of Keidanren, the biggest comprehensive economic federation in Japan, Vietjet is firmly committed to continuously expanding its network linking Japan and Vietnam, and offering more bilateral and multilateral cooperation opportunities as well as more convenient flight options for our customers. In 2023, Vietjet plans to provide 1.5 million seats on flights between the two countries, comprehensively connecting Japan’s biggest tourism and economic hubs to attractive destinations in Vietnam and many other regional countries, such as Australia, India, Kazakhstan and more,” said Vietjet chief executive Dinh Viet Phuong.

Vietjet currently operates seven direct routes connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Japanese cities including Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka.

Some of Vietjet’s Japan flights are operated by the airline’s widebody Airbus A330-300 fleet, which include a dedicated business class section.