Melbourne,
10
May
2017
|
01:43
Australia/Melbourne

Jetstar's inaugural flight to Vietnam takes off from Melbourne!

Summary

Jetstar’s new flights to Vietnam will take off for the first time today, providing Australian travellers with the only low-cost direct fares to the popular South East Asian destination.

  • Jetstar becomes the only low cost carrier to fly direct to Vietnam, one of the fastest growing holiday destinations in South East Asia.
  • Jetstar will fly direct to Ho Chi Minh City three times a week from Melbourne and four times a week from Sydney.
  • One way flights available from $249* from Melbourne and $199* from Sydney.

Jetstar’s new flights to Vietnam will take off for the first time today, providing Australian travellers with the only low-cost direct fares to the popular South East Asian destination.

The inaugural flight, JQ63, will depart at 3:15pm from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City, piloted by Jetstar’s Chief Pilot Captain Georgina Sutton.

Jetstar Chief Executive Officer Australia & New Zealand, Dean Salter, said the new flights are a major milestone for the airline.

“Vietnam is one of the fastest growing holiday destinations in South East Asia, and until now has been the largest country in the region without a low-cost direct link to Australia,” Mr Salter said.

“There is enormous potential for Vietnam to become one of the most popular destinations for Australian travellers thanks to its wonderful year-round climate and great beaches, food and culture.

“We are already the biggest Australian carrier operating into Bali, Phuket and Hawaii - Vietnam is the next step in expanding our international network for budget conscious travellers.”

From Ho Chi Minh City, travellers can fly to 15 other destinations within Vietnam on Jetstar Pacific, one of Vietnam’s top low-cost carriers.

Mr Salter added the new flights will also boost inbound tourism, building on the 21 per cent increase in Vietnamese visitors to Australia in the last 12 months.

“Melbourne and Sydney both have large Vietnamese communities, and we expect to see visitors to the two cities increase with the introduction of these low fares,” he said.

“We’re excited to become the only low-cost airline to fly between Australia and Vietnam, offering up to 180,000 passengers the opportunity to travel at a great price.”

The new flights will operate three times per week from Melbourne and, from tomorrow, four times a week from Sydney.

The new routes will be operated by Jetstar’s Boeing 787 fleet, with a capacity of 335 passengers per flight, including 21 business seats.

Jetstar is offering sale fares from Sydney and Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City from $199* and $249 respectively, for select travel dates. *Fares are one-way, checked baggage not included.

Fares and full conditions available on Jetstar.com

About Jetstar

The Jetstar Group is one of Asia Pacific’s fastest growing airline brands with one of the most extensive ranges of destinations in the region. It is made up of Jetstar Airways (subsidiary of the Qantas Group) in Australia and New Zealand, Jetstar Asia in Singapore, Jetstar Pacific in Vietnam, and Jetstar Japan in Japan. Jetstar branded carriers operate up to 4,200 flights a week to more than 75 destinations. The Jetstar Group carried more than 34 million passengers in financial year 2016.