New route to popular Asian destination

The low-cost airline has stepped up its service to this booming Asian destination, which is not only connecting more Australians but will force competitive fares.

Vietnam’s popularity continues to grow and due to high demand, Vietjet has increased its services to and from Australia.

The airline’s first flight from Hanoi to Melbourne touched down at Melbourne Airport on Tuesday, making it the airline’s sixth route between the two countries.

The route travels between the two cities every Tuesday and Saturday, and those in Sydney won’t miss a single flight to Hanoi from Sydney Airport, due to start today.

Those looking to hit the hotpot can do so from just $199 until June 10 for an economy class ticket. It comes with an additional 20 kg of checked baggage and hot meals during the flight.

Meanwhile, from now until June 14, there’s a 50 percent discount for those looking to splurge in business class (with promo code SBJUNE50). It offers business lounge access, hot and fresh meals served in-flight and up to 60kg checked baggage plus a golf kit, private cabin and 180-degree lie-flat seats.

Vietjet Vice President Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh, who was in Melbourne on Tuesday for the inaugural flight from Hanoi, said: “Since Vietjet’s first flight to Australia in April 2023, we have been continuously expanding our network connecting the five largest cities in Australia: Melbourne, Sydney , Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide with Ho Chi Minh City.”

“The Melbourne-Hanoi route we launched today further demonstrates our commitment to growth by further expanding our network and providing quality service between Australia and Vietnam, meeting demand from locals and tourists alike.”

Mr Binh said the new route would help Viejet further strengthen its position in the Australian market.

“We are proud to introduce this new route and hope to provide opportunities for tourists from Victoria to explore Vietnam and all the destinations on our network of 168 routes across Vietnam and overseas.”

Melbourne Airport head of aviation Jim Parashos said the growth of the Vietnamese market was one of the positives of the pandemic.

“A lot of growth in the Vietnam market has been made possible by the new air traffic agreements negotiated by the federal government that have ensured capacity ahead of demand,” he said.

“Increased competition and capacity in the market brings benefits to passengers in the form of lower fares and also gives exporters access to high-value markets.”

He said Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in the region and a key trading partner with Australia.

“Here at Melbourne Airport, Vietnam is among the top ten export markets with almost three million tonnes of local products being loaded onto planes in the last twelve months.”

“VietJet’s Hanoi service will complement its current five times weekly service to Ho Chi Minh City and will provide Victorian residents with new connections to the country and other Asian destinations.

“We know there will be two-way demand for this service, Vietnam is among the top ten outbound destinations, while the inbound market is supported by strong trade, business and leisure.”

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