Thursday 16 March 2023

First ever flights between Vietnam and Queensland

VIETJET AIRBUS A330-343 VN-A810 (MSN 0952)
(Photo taken from Brisbane Airport website)

50 years after Australia established diplomatic relations with Vietnam, the first non-stop flights connecting the rapidly developing nation and Queensland will launch in June.

Vietjet will operate twice weekly services between Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) and Brisbane Airport (BNE), with Eco-Class fares staring from $AUD200 one-way (plus taxes & fees).

The flights are predicted to inject $25.6 million into Queensland’s visitor economy and support 240 jobs in the first year of operation. The three-year deal will support the planned growth of flights to four services per week by year three.

Brisbane Airport Corporation Chief Executive Officer Gert-Jan de Graaff says the arrival of Vietjet enhances BNE’s role as a key Asia-Pacific Gateway.

“Vietnam is a rapidly growing market for Queensland and we are delighted to have Vietjet join the BNE family. To have Vietnam and the Sunshine State connected for the first time by non-stop flights will deliver benefits in two countries.”

“This historic new service from Vietjet will enable family and friends in Vietnam easy connection to Queensland and will cut hours off a journey.”

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said this is another big win for Queensland’s $200 million aviation war chest which is tipped to add 1.18 million direct international inbound seats to Queensland and almost a billion dollars for the visitor economy.

“Visitors from Vietnam sharing Queensland’s great lifestyle benefits accommodation and hospitality providers and tourism operators, while growing more good Queensland jobs.

“It’s Queensland’s time to shine on our golden decade of tourism opportunity to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Vietjet operates around 450 flights per day across 160 routes, with 52 destinations within Vietnam. It also has potential to deliver passengers to Queensland from across its vast international network which serves Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, mainland China, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia and Europe.

Vietjet’s Vice President Nguyen Thanh Son says the addition of Brisbane to its list of destinations would be a catalyst for the growth of tourism and trade between the two nations.

"We are very excited to fly first direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Queensland. The addition of Brisbane to our list of destinations would be another development to broadly connect Australia and Vietnam.”

Vietjet operates a modern fleet of 100 aircraft and will deploy an Airbus A330-300 onto the brand-new route to Brisbane from June 16, with a configuration of 12 business seats plus 365 seats in economy.

Flight VJ83 will arrive from Ho Chi Minh City every Monday and Friday at 21.10 
Flight VJ84 will depart Brisbane Ho Chi Minh City every Monday and Friday at 23.10. 
Tickets are on sale from today.

As Australia’s most connected domestic hub, passengers arriving in Brisbane from Vietnam will be able to connect to 53 destinations across the country, with 30 of them in Queensland.

Story sourced from here

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