Budget airline of Thailand Nok Air is expanding its international services with the launch of a new route from Bangkok to HCM City.

The airline is scheduled to start flights between the two cities on October 1 with four weekly flights. The number of flights will be increased to seven per week from October 25.

HCM City will become Nok Air's third active international destination, after Yangon in Myanmar and Hefei in China's Anhui province, launched early this year.

The launch of Nok's flights to HCM City had been put off for years as the airline focused on expanding its domestic network.

Previously, Nok Air used to operate international flights to Hanoi and Bangalore, launched in 2008. However, it suspended these loss-making international flights to focus on expanding the domestic market.

Therefore, the launch of the new air route to HCM City will mark the airline's return to Vietnam after seven years.-VNA