Vietjet’s new route brings Tiruchirappalli and Ho Chi Minh city closer than ever

By Our Reporter
Mr. Subramani – Trichy International Airport Director (right) congratulates Vietjet on its latest service between India and Vietnam // Pic supplied by Primary Communication

Vietjet is launching a direct flight service connecting Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, India, to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, set to take off on 2 November 2023. The airline aims to operate three return flights per week, providing a vital new air corridor that is expected to bolster economic and tourism ties between the two nations.

Flights are scheduled to depart from Tiruchirappalli at 00:30 local time and land in Ho Chi Minh City at 7:00 local time every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Return journeys will see flights leaving Ho Chi Minh City at 20:00 local time, arriving back in Tiruchirappalli at 23:30 local time on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

Jay L Lingeswara, Vietjet’s Vice President of Commercial, highlighted the significance of the route: “This latest addition to our flight routes, along with our existing connection from Kochi to Ho Chi Minh City, will make it easier for people in the southern regions of India to connect with Vietnamese cities. This opens the door to greater opportunities for travel and trade, while also being economically viable.”

Aerial view of Ho Chi Minh City skyline and skyscrapers // Pic supplied by Primary Communication

The new route is also expected to serve the Indian diaspora in Australia, who make up a significant community of over 710,000 individuals as of June 2021. Vietjet’s 35 weekly round-trip flights between five Indian and two Vietnamese cities offer these Australian residents a cost-effective travel alternative back to India.

The new route comes at a time of rapid growth in travel between India and Vietnam. According to the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism, the number of Indian tourists visiting Vietnam increased by more than 200% in the first half of 2023 compared to pre-pandemic figures from 2019. India has now entered the top ten source countries for tourism in Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City, often considered the commercial and cultural heart of Vietnam, is a bustling metropolis that offers a range of experiences for tourists. Known for its unique blend of modernity and local culture, it serves as a gateway to explore the rest of the country.

Vietjet aircraft // Pic supplied by Primary Communication

From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietjet offers convenient travel options to other Vietnamese destinations like Da Nang and Nha Trang. These coastal cities are well-known for their scenic beauty and are easily accessible via Vietjet’s extensive flight network.

To kick off the launch, Vietjet is offering a special promotional fare on Business and Skyboss seats from 25 September to 25 October 2023. Additionally, the airline continues its regular international mega sale promotions, with one-way fares from Australia to Vietnam starting at just AUD 200.

For more details and booking options, interested travellers can visit Vietjet’s official website and mobile app. With this new route, Vietjet aims to make travel between India and Vietnam more accessible than ever, creating new opportunities for tourism, trade, and cultural exchange.

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