Vietnamese low-cost carrier VietJet, which launched in December last year, is rapidly building up its fleet and launching new routes linking different parts of the country.
The airline is tapping into the soaring demand for low-cost air travel within the fast emerging countries of the Asean region (see here and here). According to CAPA Centre for aviation, it is quickly taking domestic market share from its main competitors Jestar Pacific and flag-carrier Vietnam Airlines.
Yesterday it took delivery of a new A320, bringing its total fleet to five with another delivery scheduled before the end of the year.
Today it began a new domestic flight between Ho Chi Minh City in the south and Vinh in the northern central part of the country. A spokesperson for the airline said Vinh was an economically important city in the country, with a strong steel manufacturing industry and the factory of TH Milk Food Joint Stock Company.
It also plans to start flights from Ho Chi Minh to the central Vietnamese city of Hue from November 22, and the tourist destinations Phu Quoc and Dalat later in the year.
A spokesperson confirmed that the airline was also planning to start its first international route between Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok early in 2013.
Currently VietJet operates five domestic routes connecting Ho Chi Minh City with Hanoi, Nha Trang, Da Nang, and Hai Phong, and Hanoi to Da Nang.
For more information, visit www.vietjetair.com