17:00 | 06/04/2017 Companies
The Australian Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment the Hon Keith Pitt MP recently announced with Jetstar Australia the launch of the airline’s two new low-cost direct services from Melbourne and Sydney, Australia to Ho Chi Minh City.
The new services will take off in May 2017, making Jetstar Australia the only Australian carrier to fly direct from Australia to Vietnam. The flights, on the world-leading Boeing 787 Dreamliner, will operate four times weekly from Sydney and three times weekly from Melbourne. Ticket sales for the services commenced in January 2017.
The Assistant Minister said Vietnam is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations in South East Asia for Australians. “Promoting international investment and tourism is my top priority. The seven new weekly Jetstar flights connecting Vietnam and Australia’s commercial centres will further boost our already strong bilateral relationship. In particular, these flights will help grow the links between our businesses and our people”, he said.
Mr. Paul Rombeek, Jetstar Group’s Global Head of Sales, said: “Response has been extremely promising since we launched ticket sales in January. We expect our low fares and direct flights will generate even more demand for holidays to Vietnam. We understand tourism is a priority for the government, the economy and the people of Vietnam and we are proud to support them through these flights.”
“These flights will also stimulate inbound tourism, business and trade to Australia. In the last 12 months, there has been a 21 per cent increase in visitors from Vietnam to Australia and we expect to see that grow with the introduction of our low fares on the route.”
Flights from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City will commence on 10 May 2017, and flights from Sydney will commence on 11 May 2017, subject to government and regulatory approval.