HCM CITY — Emirates Airlines yesterday opened daily direct flights between HCM City and Dubai, offering passengers more options for non-stop flights from Viet Nam to other countries.
Thierry Antinori, executive deputy-president of the airline, said the flights would connect Viet Nam with 31 destinations in Europe, 22 in Africa, 16 in the Middle East and 11 in North and South America via a one-stop service in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
"HCM City is one of the most vibrant cities of Southeast Asia. That is why we have chosen this time to add the city to our rapid expanding network," he said at a press conference held in HCM City yesterday.
The airline invested more than US$200 million to open the daily HCM City-Dubai service, and it plans to recruit about 120 local residents for craft crews and office services.
The airline also targets services to Europe and the US in addition to existing services that carry fruit and seafood to Los Angeles, according to Pradeep Kumar, Emirates senior deputy president.
Tickets for the flights are available in HCM City at the company's main office in Sunwah Tower on Nguyen Hue Street and from 100 agents located around the city.
Booking can be done at 10 other agents in Ha Noi and through the airline's official website.
Emirates offers customers more checked luggage compared to other airlines, 30kg for economy-fare seats and 40kg for business-fare seats.
SilkAir begins Ha Noi flights
SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, launched its first flight to Ha Noi yesterday. Ha Noi is SilkAir's second destination in Viet Nam, in addition to service to Da Nang. The flights depart Singapore every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday with a same-day return flights on Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft, with both business- and economy-class cabins.
The flights complement Singapore Airlines' daily flights to Ha Noi, bringing total service to the capital city to 10 round-trip flights per week. Silk Air director general Marvin Tan said that the new flights would bring the total flights of both carriers to 96 cities in 37 nations and territories. — VNS