Cat Bi International Airport (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A number of foreign airlines are scheduled to open direct flights to Vietnam this summer as demand for air travel to the country is on the rise.

Thailand’s Bangkok Airway will launch its new route connecting Bangkok and Da Nang resort city on May 25, with four return flights per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Air New Zealand will start its direct service between Ho Chi Minh City and Auckland on June 4 with three two-way trips per week, while Cambodia’s national flag carrier Angkor Air will launch its first direct flight between Ho Chi Minh City and Cambodia’s Sihanoukville city on June 17.

The Ho Chi Minh City – Sihanoukville service will be operated five days per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The hour-long flight will take off from Sihanoukville at 12:40 pm and return from Ho Chi Minh City at 14:50 pm.

Travellers can choose to fly with Turkish Airlines from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to Istanbul from June 27 with five flights per week.

China Southern Airlines also plans to fly directly from Guangzhou to Vietnam’s Phu Quoc resort island three times per week, on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, from late July.-VNA