A representative of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan presents the new route’s certificate to Vietjet Vice President Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh with the presence of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang (fifth from left) in Tokyo. — VNS Photo
Viet Nam’s new-age carrier Vietjet will launch a direct flight connecting Ha Noi with Osaka in Japan on November 8.
The move is expected to further boost tourism and trade integration between the two countries and across the region.
A ceremony announcing the new route was held on Thursday in the presence of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, representatives of the Japanese government and officials from both the countries.
“The Ha Noi-Osaka route will be the first service for Vietjet’s expansion into Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun,” Vietjet’s vice president Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh said.
Vietjet will continue to open new routes connecting Viet Nam and Japan’s economic and tourism hubs to diversify destination choices for its consumers and to better meet the growing demand for air travel between the two countries and beyond as well as to better connect with the rest of the world, Binh said.
Previously, Vietjet has collaborated with Japanese travel agencies to operate many direct chartered flights from Viet Nam to Osaka as well as to Narita, Sendai, Nagoya, Ibaraki and Fukushima in Japan.
Using Vietjet’s new and modern A320 aircraft, the Ha Noi-Osaka direct flight will operate daily with a flight time of more than four hours one way.
The flight will depart from Ha Noi every day at 1.45am and arrive in Osaka at around 7.50am (local time), while the return flight will take off from Osaka at 9.20am (local time) and land in Ha Noi at around 1.10pm.
Vietjet’s new service to Osaka will take the airline’s total number of international routes to 45, in addition to the 38 domestic routes, Vietjet said in a statement.
Tickets for the new flight is expected to be available from June 8 on www.vietjetair.com.
At the ceremony, Vietjet, SBI Leasing Services, Natixis and some of the Japanese equity arrangers also signed a Memorandum of Understanding worth nearly US$600 million to facilitate aircraft financing. — VNS
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