Vietravel Airlines to fly commercially in Jan. 2021
The Vietnam Travel Aviation Co. Ltd (Vietravel Airlines) made its debut in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 26 after fully meeting necessary requirements and procedures for commercial operation.
The airline will sell its airfares as from Jan. 1, Vu Duc Bien, General Director of Vietravel Airlines, said at the ceremony.
It has recently received the first 220-seat Airbus A321CEO plane and is due to get another two shortly to meet the increasing demand for travel during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday (Tet) in Vietnam.
It may get more new aircraft pending COVID-19 control efforts, said Bien.
According to the executive, for the time being the airline will operate on routes between Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as to major tourist destinations in the central region. It will then expand the network nationwide and conduct flights from Vietnam to other countries in Southeast Asia and the rest of the world.
Vietravel Airlines is a travel airline that provides air transport services and domestic and international tours, contributing to enhancing Vietnam’s air transport capacity and developing the domestic tourism industry.
It is the latest air carrier in Vietnam, joining Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways, Pacific Airlines, Vasco, and Hai Au Aviation. It has a total investment of VND700 billion (US$30.2 million) and a lifespan of 50 years.
It would be unfair for others if only Vietnam Airlines can receive the state support, while others still struggling for survival.