AirAsia Continues its Push in Indochina

After Kuala Lumpur-Luang Prabang and Bangkok-Danang, low cost carrier AirAsia is announcing a new non-stop flight connecting from September  Kuala Lumpur to Nha Trang. Another new route will also link this coming autumn Bangkok to Phu Quoc by Bangkok Airways, confirming the boom in regional air transport to and from Vietnam. 

Flights are programmed from September 14 and will link the two cities on a daily basis with an Airbus A320 aircraft.
Departure from Kuala Lumpur will be at 10:30 with arrival programmed at 11:35 in Cam Ranh/Nha Trang. Return flight will go at 12:00 for an arrival at 3.15 pm.

Spencer Lee, Commercial Director at AirAsia Berhad, said “As the Asean airline partner for the Visit Asean@50 campaign, we hope to promote the region as a single yet diverse destination to as many people as possible”. The carrier will be the sole carrier to have direct flights between Cam Ranh/Nha Trang and Malaysia.

Passengers can also fly from Nha Trang to other cities in Asia and Australia using its Fly-Thru service via Kuala Lumpur, said Mr Lee. Special discount tickets from US$35.90 were offered following the announcement of the new flight.

In May, Jetstar Pacific launched three weekly services to Guiyang as well as in June to Hangzhou. Both routes are served with an Airbus A320.It was followed in July by Vietnam Airlines. The national carrier launched six weekly services, three to Nanjing and three to Wuxi. Until the end of August, low cost carrier Jeju Air is also offering five weekly services to Seoul.

Cam Ranh/Nha Trang is enjoying a tourism boom (over 2.5 million visitors in 2015) as airlines multiply international connections. Last year theImage result for Cam Ranh Airport airport received 4.85 million passengers, up by 78% over 2015! A new terminal was put into service in 2009 with a capacity for 1.5 million passengers and authorities are now rushing to expand facilities at the airport.

A second runway of 3,048 m is under construction and is due to open in 2018 while another terminal is now in construction for an expected capacity of 2.5 million passengers in a first phase.

The second phase will boost capacity to 4 million while a third phase would double the terminal capacity to eight million passengers. The two-storey building represents an investment of US$180 million and will cover a 50,000sqm.-area.

In another development, Bangkok Airways confirmed the launching of a new route from Bangkok to Phu Quoc, starting October 29. Subject to Government Approval, the airline plans to offer this service four times a week with an Airbus A319 aircraft with flight leaving Bangkok Suvarnabhumi at 11:30 with a return planned from Phu Quoc at 13:45. Flight will take one hour and 45 minutes on average. Reservations for the flights are not open yet.