Low-cost airline offers flights from $250 to Vietnam
Australians dreaming of cold beers and delicious beef pho in the heart of South East Asia now have a new way to make it a reality with the launch of low-cost air flights linking Ho Chi Minh City.
VietJet, a Vietnamese airline, will connect Adelaide in South Australia to the sprawling southern Vietnamese city via Perth from November 21.
The low-cost carrier will offer five services per week for just $250 one way.
The new route allows South Australians to leave Adelaide in the morning and arrive in the heart of Southeast Asia by mid-afternoon.
Vietjet is having a major sale with cheap airfares for flights to Ho Chi Minh City (pictured), Vietnam’s largest city.
“Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Adelaide and Adelaide to Ho Chi Minh City will have a short one-hour stopover in Perth each way and will operate during the day, so there are no flights from dreaded night,” Adelaide Airport general manager Brenton said. Cox said.
“If the service attracts a large number of passengers, we will be happy to have further discussions with VietJet with a view to making it a non-stop service between the two cities.”
Major sights in the big city, formerly known as Saigon, include the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House, the Giac Lam Buddhist Temple and the Central Post Office.
Monday to Friday, flights will depart Adelaide at 7:25 a.m., arriving in Perth at 8:55 a.m. and then Ho Chi Minh at 3:40 p.m.
From Sunday to Thursday, flights will depart Ho Chi Minh at 6:35am and arrive in Perth at 2:20pm and then Adelaide at 9:10pm.
A low-cost ticket on Monday December 4 from Adelaide costs just $251 one way.
Economy ticket does not include checked baggage, meals or seat selection.
The next tier, called “deluxe,” costs $351, while the luxury service, called “SkyBoss,” costs $1,791.
Tickets for flights on budget airline Vietjet (pictured) will start at just $251 for a one-way flight from Adelaide to Ho Chi Minh City.
The SkyBoss ticket includes free food and drinks in the air, priority check-in, luxury lounge access and increased baggage allowance.
South Australian Trade and Investment Minister Nick Champion said the new road would be a boon to Australia for trade and tourism.
“We know international flights lower the cost of trade while opening the door for South Australian products to access an emerging and important market in our region,” he said.
“Increased connectivity between our nations allows for a greater exchange of ideas, people and products.”
The number of Vietnamese students studying in South Australia has increased by 37 per cent in the past 12 months, making Vietnam the state’s fourth largest international enrollment cohort.
The latest offer of discounted airfares to Ho Chi Minh City (pictured) has become a means of fostering trade ties with Southeast Asian countries.
For Australian travelers, the VietJet network offers connections to more than 120 domestic and international destinations.
VietJet’s announcement follows an increase in new international routes to Adelaide.
Batik Air, an Indonesian budget carrier, in August announced new weekly services from Denpasar to Adelaide starting in November.
Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia have announced they will increase their weekly international flights during the December and January holiday period.