Vietnam Airlines has completed a month of operations on a new route connecting Ho Chi Minh City with the popular holiday island of Bali in Indonesia. The new service is the second offering to Indonesia by the airline, whose Ho Chi Minh City-Jakarta route has been available since December 2012.
To mark the inaugural flights, ceremonies were held at both Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City and Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali. Vietnamese ambassador to Indonesia, Pham Vinh Quang, was in attendance to deliver a speech at the ceremony in Bali.
“This new route will facilitate direct travel from Bali to Ho Chi Minh City, allowing passengers to explore stunning destinations in southern Vietnam,” said the ambassador. “This will help to enhance economic and tourism integration in the region as well as promote the image of Vietnam and the Vietnamese people to the world,” he continued.
Vietnam Airlines now operate flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Bali every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Flights depart from Ho Chi Minh City at 11:10 and arrive in Bali at 16:50 local time. The route is serviced by Airbus A321 aircraft.
The new flight schedule between Vietnam and Indonesia is expected to boost tourism for both nations, as they look to improve transport links and continue their growth in arrival numbers into the New Year.