The low-cost airline, which is a joint venture between Thai and Vietnamese business groups, will operate the route every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Airbus A320 aircraft will service the route, with a total flight time of one hour 45 minutes.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has welcomed the flights as an extra link in the chain between states in the ASEAN region, expected to encourage two-way travel between Thailand and Vietnam.
TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, “This new flight will help us attract visitors from Dalat and the surrounding areas. Thailand is known as one of the most favourite destinations for the Vietnamese people. This flight will make it more convenient for people of the entire catchment area around Dalat to reach Bangkok directly without changing flights en route.
“The flight is perfectly timed; just right before the delightful New Year Countdown in Bangkok. In future, we expect Vietnamese visitors will enjoy coming here even more, as we develop a whole range of products related to fashion, Thai cuisine, health and spa, meetings and conventions and many more industry sectors,” said the TAT Governor.
Vietnamese arrivals to Thailand totalled 804,851 between January and October in 2017 – an increase of nearly 13 percent compared to the same period the previous year. This tourist group generated an estimated 25.57 billion Baht for Thailand’s economy during that period. The top five destinations for Vietnamese visitors are Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Kanchanaburi and Udon Thani. New destinations gaining popularity are Northeast Thailand, Samui Island and Phuket.
Thai Vietjet currently connects a total of four Vietnamese cities (Hanoi, Hai Phong and Ho Chi Minh City) to the three major tourism hubs in the Land of Smiles: Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket.