Vietnamese budget carrier VietJet Air announced Wednesday that it will offer 150,000 free tickets to celebrate the launch of two new air routes -- Kaohsiung-Ho Chi Minh City and Taipei-Hanoi -- later this year.
Tran Duy Hai, chairman of the Vietnam Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, made the announcement at a ceremony marking the launch of the two new routes that was also attended by Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Shih Che (??).
The Kaohsiung-Ho Chi Minh City route will be launched on Dec. 12, with five return flights per week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, while the Taipei-Hanoi route will be operated on a daily basis from Oct. 30, with a flight time of two hours 45 minutes per leg.
To celebrate the new services, the airline will give away 150,000 promotional tickets on its official website for all of its international routes from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on Oct. 25, 26 and 27.
Tran said there are 100,000 Vietnamese women who are married to Taiwanese and live in Taiwan, and he hoped that the Taiwanese government's new southbound policy and the launch of the new air routes will help further develop relations between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Shih said Kaohsiung has the second largest Vietnamese immigrant population of any city in Taiwan, and it is an important tourist gateway in southern Taiwan with its convenient sea, land and air transportation links.
Shih said he hoped more air routes between Kaohsiung and Vietnam can be launched in addition to the Kaohsiung-Ho Chi Minh City route to create more opportunities and boost tourism between the two countries.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel