Vietjet Air launches first direct HCM City-Osaka flight on December 14. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Budget carrier Vietjet Air launched daily flights between  Ho Chi Minh City and Osaka on December 14, making it the airline’s second direct air route connecting Vietnam and the Japanese city, after Hanoi-Osaka route.

“Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city as well as the most modern and vibrant financial and tourism hub. We hope more locals and tourists from Japan and Vietnam will enjoy travelling and trading between these two countries thanks to Vietjet’s fun and affordable flights, Chief Commercial Officer of Kansai International Airport Gregory Jamet said at the launching ceremony at the airport.

“We expect that the airline will continue to expand its flight network to Kansai Airport, delivering even more convenience and exciting experiences to their customers,” he added.

On this occasion, passengers on the flight from HCM City to Osaka were treated to cosplay performances showcasing Japanese culture and souvenirs onboard Vietjet Air’s inaugural flight.

Vietjet Air operates return flights of more than five hours per leg between HCM City and Osaka every day. The flight departs from HCM City daily at 1:40 and arrives in Osaka at 8:30. Coming back, the flight takes off in Osaka at 9:30 and lands at HCM City at 13:30 (all local times).

The low-cost carrier launched its first direct flight connecting Hanoi and Osaka on November8, 2018.

Using new A321neo aircraft, the Hanoi-Osaka route operates a daily return flight with a time of just over four hours per leg. The flight departs from Hanoi at 1.40 and arrives in Osaka at 7:50 (local time). In the other direction, the flight takes off in Osaka at 9:20 (local time) and lands in Hanoi at around 13:05.

This is the first international route in the code-share programme between Vietjet Air and Japan Airlines. The code-share service is also applied to domestic flights connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang, and Hanoi and Da Nang.

The carrier plans to open another direct air route from Hanoi to Tokyo (Narita) on January 11, 2019.

With a fleet of more than 60 aircraft, Vietjet Air 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.–VNA