Haiphong in Northern Vietnam is the third largest city in the country with a population of two million inhabitants and a major port with a total output of 15 million tons per year of cargo. As such, the city stands among top economic zones in the country. for exports and imports.
Haiphong GDP per capita was estimated at US$2,900 in 2015. In the next five years, Haiphong Party Committee has set a target to achieve an annual GDP growth rate of 10.5% until 2020. This would translate into a GDP per capita of $5,600.
Low cost carrier Vietjet is recognizing Haiphong importance as a major air transport knot with an emerging local middle class. The airline decided earlier this year to create a base in Haiphong. Already served from Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang and Danang, the airline opened last May new routes to Buon Ma Thuot, Dalat, Phu Quoc and Pleiku.
It now goes international with the opening of two routes. From November 9, Thai Vietjet will offer four flights per week to Bangkok, the first time that the route will be served. The flight duration is 1 hour 50 minutes. The Bangkok-Haiphong route will depart every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. A second international route is Haiphong-Seoul. The route will also be served four times a week, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday starting December 12. Both routes are connected to other destinations in Asia and overseas.