Vietjet announced yesterday the future opening of a new international route connecting Ho Chi Minh City with Indonesia capital Jakarta. The announcement ceremony was witnessed by high-ranking dignitaries from Vietnam and Indonesia during the official visit of Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam to Indonesia. The new route will meet increasing demand for travel between the two countries and boost regional trading and integration.
The Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)-Jakarta route will take three hours and will operate daily from December 20, 2017. The HCMC-Jakarta flight departs from HCMC at 20:40 and arrives in Jakarta at 23:40 (local time). The return flight takes off at 01:40 (local time) and lands in HCMC at 04:40.
Mr. Dinh Viet Phuong, Vietjet’s Vice President, said: “With its mission of making air travel approachable and possible for everyone and building a future in the air, Vietjet’s new route from HCMC to Jakarta will boost ties between these two economic, cultural, financial hubs, thus help boost regional trading and integration.”
Currently, only two daily flights are linking Ho Chi Minh City to Jakarta by both national carriers Garuda Indonesia and Vietnam Airlines. Lion Air used to serve the route but pulled out two years ago.
With its high-quality services, special low-fare tickets and diverse ticket classes, Vietjet offers its passengers enjoyable flights with a dynamic and friendly flight crew, comfy seats, delicious hot meals, special surprises as part of the inflight activities and amazing ticket fares during the daily “12 pm, It’s time to Vietjet” promotion.
Travellers from Vietnam to Indonesia represented over 55,000 arrivals in 2016 up by 9%. It is likely that total arrivals from Vietnam should pass the 60,000-mark this year.
Indonesian travellers to Vietnam reached 69,700 arrivals in 2016, up by 11.9%. However, the Indonesian tourist market to Vietnam remains relatively small compared to other ASEAN source markets. Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore generate all at least 100,000 visitors per year to Vietnam, Malaysia beeing the largest ASEAN source market to Vietnam with 407,000 travellers last year.
A major boost to attract more Indonesians to Vietnam would be the opening of a flight to Hanoi as Vietnam capital is within reasonable driving distances to Halong Bay while a direct HCM City-Bali flight would certainly boost Indonesia appeal to Vietnamese travellers.