Illustrative image (Source: Vietjet Air)

 

Binh Dinh (VNA) – The low-cost carrier Vietjet Air has taken steps to research the market and demand for international flights to and from Quy Nhon city in Binh Dinh province as the south central locality plans to start using Terminal 2 of Phu Cat airport to handle international flights.

Along with Vietjet Air, Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways have also started surveys on customers’ demand before launching international flights to the famous tourist destination.

On November 30, the People’s Committee of Binh Dinh province and the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) agreed on the exploitation of Terminal 2 of Phu Cat airport for international flights.

CAAV Director Dinh Viet Thang said that the authority will soon submit a document asking for the launching of international flights to and from Phu Cat airport after finishing a survey on airline demand.

According to Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Phi Long, the number of foreign tourists to Binh Dinh has risen over 15 percent each year. The coastal province welcomes more than 200,000 foreign tourists annually.

In 2017, the province received 3.7 million tourists, up 15.6 percent over 2016, and 3.4 million holidaymakers in the first nine months of this year.

With a fleet of more than 60 aircraft, Vietjet operates 385 flights each day. The airline has already transported more than 60 million passengers on a network featuring 93 routes in Vietnam and across the region to international destinations such as Thailand, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, China’s Taiwan and Hong Kong, mainland China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia.

The carrier plans to operate more than 120,000 flights and serve some 24.1 million passengers by the end of 2018 on a total of 39 domestic and 61 international routes. –VNA