A plane of Bamboo Airways (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Bamboo Airways has submitted a proposal to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam on the opening of flight routes from Hanoi and HCM City to the Republic of Korea and Taiwan in 2019.

Dang Tat Thang, General Director of Bamboo Airways, said the airline planned to exploit 37 routes connecting all big cities and famous tourism destinations in Vietnam to foreign countries this year.

“Our international flight routes to Japan, the Republic of Korea and Singapore and to European countries would use wide-body aircraft. Bamboo Airways finished negotiations on international flight routes with partners in Japan and the RoK to prepare for long routes in 2019,” Thang added.

The RoK will continue to be a key market for Vietnamese airlines. In addition to current routes connecting Hanoi, HCM City and Da Nang to Seoul and Busan, Vietnamese airlines planned to open new routes from Nha Trang and Phu Quoc to Jeju, Muan, Cheongju and Yangyang in the Republic of Korea.

Currently, Vietnam’s aviation market has 11 airlines exploiting the two countries’ flight routes including nine from the Republic of Korea and two from Vietnam with 469 flights per route a week.

Last year, the number of passengers travelling by air between the two countries reached 7.7 million with the seat occupation rate of 87.6 percent. Of which, Vietnamese airlines accounted for 32 percent of the market share. 

Bamboo Airways is part of the Viet Bamboo Airlines Company based in the city of Quy Nhon in Binh Dinh province. The company, owned by property developer FLC Group, was established in 2017 with charter capital of 700 billion VND (31.4 million USD).-VNS/VNA