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Vietnam Airlines to Open New Routes to Bali and Phuket
23 September 2019 | Written by Chris Alexander

Starting from 27th October 2019, two of Southeast Asia’s most popular destinations will benefit from increased flight connectivity to Vietnam, courtesy of the nation’s flag carrier. Vietnam Airlines will launch direct flights connecting Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) with Bali, Indonesia, and Phuket, Thailand.

“Apart from offering new, exciting non-stop services, these routes also facilitate international travellers from Europe, Japan, South Korea and many other parts of the world to easily access famous destinations like Bali and Phuket via Vietnam Airlines’ connecting flights,” said Le Hong Ha, who is the Executive Vice President of Vietnam Airlines.

As part of the new schedule, Bali will welcome five flights per week, departing from Saigon at 11.10 am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. The return flight from Bali will depart at 4.50 pm. Depending on the success of this route, Vietnam Airlines intends to extend the frequency to a daily schedule by the end of March 2020.

The new flights to Phuket are the airline’s third route into the Land of Smiles. Departing from Saigon at 3.50 pm every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, the return flight from Phuket will depart at 6.40 pm local time. Like the Bali route, Vietnam Airlines intends to extend the frequency of the Phuket route to a daily service by the end of March 2020. Both of the new routes will be serviced by Airbus A321 aircraft.

Vietnam Airlines has been running daily flights between Saigon and Jakarta since December 2012. As part of the new flight schedules, the airline confirmed it will also resume its Danang – Bangkok service on 27 October 2019, departing daily from Danang at 3.20 pm and from Bangkok at 6.00 pm.