December, 14 2012 09:10:00

Airline opens Jakarta service


Passengers disembark from a Vietnam Airlines plane. The national carrier yesterday launched a direct route to Jakarta. — VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khuong
Vietnam Airlines (VNA) officially launched its direct route from HCM City to Jakarta yesterday, which will see four flights make the trip per week.

The ceremony was held in Jakarta with the participation of Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Nguyen Xuan Thuy, Deputy General Director of VNA Trinh Ngoc Thanh, the representative of Indonesia's Directorate General of Civil Aviation and several ambassadors of ASEAN countries to Jakarta.

"The new route meets the increasing demand of people travelling between the two countries and contributes to enhancing the connectivity among ASEAN countries," said Thanh.

He also highlighted the huge potential offered by the new route and said VNA plans to expand the frequency from four flights to seven in the near future.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Thuy said the VNA's efforts to open the new route are highly appreciated and already proving popular, with all flights since the inaugural one on December 2 being fully booked.

The route, served by the carrier's Airbus A321, is the second new international route put into operation by VNA this year following the launch of flights to Chengdu in China. — VNS

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