TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Vietnam’s low-cost carrier once viral for its bikini-uniformed female flight attendants, VietJet Air, announced it will serve a new route to Indonesia in the first quarter of 2019.
In the press release sent to the Indonesian Tourism Ministry on January 20. VietJet Air’s Managing Director Mr. Do Xuan Quang said that it will first serve the 3.5-hour flight from Ho Chi Minh to Denpasar, Bali, before introducing another flight from Ho Chi Minh to Jakarta by year’s end.
Mr. Do Xuan Quang announced the news at the 2019 ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) that was also attended by several Indonesian state officials in the field of tourism.
He said that VietJet Air will initially serve four flights each week and will become a daily route after the first six months. The carrier utilizes the latest Airbus 321 that is able to carry 226 passengers.
The arrival of VietJet Air strengthens the air connectivity between the two countries and opens up new possibilities of connecting potential passengers from China considering that the carrier has also opened 35 flight routes to China.
“China’s tourists arriving in Vietnam can be directed to Indonesia. Effectively making Vietnam the tourism hub for the China and South Korean market,” said Indonesian Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya who was present at the 2019 ASEAN Tourism Forum.