First Can Tho – Bangkok direct flight takes off hinh anh 1Passengers get on the first Can Tho-Bangkok flight at Can Tho International Airport ​(Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – The first direct flight from the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho to Bangkok, Thailand took off from Can Tho International Airport at 9:05 am on June 27, carrying 179 passengers.

It marked the launch of the first and only regular international service at the airport.

The 90-minute flight, using the 179-seat Airbus 320 aircraft, departs from Can Tho at 9:00 am and returns from Bangkok at 7:00 am the following day.

A two-way ticket on the route is sold at 4.8 million VND (211.2 USD) while the 5-day and 4-night holiday package in Thailand, including air tickets, is currently offered at 6.99 million VND (307.56 USD).

The next eight direct flights on the Can Tho – Bangkok route are scheduled for July 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25 and 29.

Tran Tuong Huy, Director General of WorldTrans – the route’s operator, said the opening of the direct service is a breakthrough in air travel in the Mekong Delta, expecting it will open new opportunity for tourism industry in the two cities of Can Tho and Bangkok.

With this service, people from Can Tho and the Mekong Delta in general will no longer have to travel to HCM City by bus or car to take flights to Bangkok.

The Can Tho International Airport operates regular flights to some of Vietnam’s popular destinations, such as Hanoi, Da Nang, Phu Quoc and Con Dao while it occasionally, mostly during Tet holiday, serves international flights to Taiwan.

The WorldTrans plans to open more routes from Can Tho to other Asian nations in the future to meet the local rising demand.-VNA