Since the end of November, Swiss carrier Edelweiss offers a non-top service from Zurich to Ho Chi Minh City, highlighting the growing importance of Vietnam southern metropolis.
The A340-300 plane arrived at Zurich airport in the afternoon of November 16 to receive a warm welcome of representatives of the airline, Switzerland Tourism as well as the Vietnamese Embassy in Switzerland.
Speaking at the event, ambassador Pham Hai Bang said that the route is expected to help boost the tourism development and trade between the two countries.
Members of the management board of Edelweiss Markus Dander spoke highly of the opening of the route. It will help tourists from Switzerland in particular and Europe in general to have more favourable conditions to explore the numerous attractions -both cultural and nature-related in Vietnam which are becoming more and more popular among the tourist community in the region and in the world.
Edelweiss is an affiliate of Swiss, more specialized in leisure routes. The carrier offers twice weekly flights, starting from Zurich on every Monday and Thursday, and from Ho Chi Minh City on every Tuesday and Friday. Each of the A340-300 planes has 314 seats, including 27 in business class. Flights will be available until early April. Then they will be suspended before being programmed again from October 2019.
The carrier has been posting information on Vietnam’s famous tourist attractions like Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc, Hoi An, Da Nang, Phan Thiet, Nha Trang, Hue and Ha Long Bay on its website to attract customers to the route. The opening of the Ho Chi Minh City – Zurich air route is part of Edelweiss long-haul expansion plan.
(Source: Vietnam National Tourism Administration)