|The flights between Phu Quoc and Singapore will begin from November 2.— Photo dulichdaophuquoc
HCM CITY (VNS) — Vietnam Airlines yesterday announced plans to start operating international flights from Phu Quoc Island later this year.
It will fly twice weekly to Singapore starting on November 2 and thrice weekly to Siem Riep, Cambodia, on December 18.
The new routes come as part of its joint trade and investment promotion programme with Kien Giang Province, home to Phu Quoc, and property giant Vinpearl JSC, which seeks to develop the island into a special economic zone, the carrier's deputy general director, Trinh Ngoc Thanh, said.
"We plan to operate the flights in anticipation of international demand and we will consider more flights from Phu Quoc to other destinations in Southeast Asia," he told the media yesterday.
Le Van Thi, chairman of the Kien Giang People's Committee, said on November 1 Vinpearl Phu Quoc, a 300ha tourist complex on the island, would open with a 750-room five-star hotel, villas, an international golf course, and amusement area.
"It will help meet the demand for hotel rooms on weekends and holidays; currently hotel rooms are still insufficient."
He also disclosed that plans are afoot for a tourist port on the island at a cost of around VND1.2 trillion (US$57 million). —VNS