Taipei- Vietnamese budget carrier VietJet Air opened a new route Sunday that links Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam with Taichung in central Taiwan.
The airline will operate four flights a week between the two destinations -- every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday -- with a one-way flight time of three and a half hours, according to the airline.
At the ceremony for the airline's maiden flight on the route at Taichung Airport, Chen Sheng-shan (???), head of the Tourism and Travel Bureau of Taichung, said the new route is VietJet Air's fifth route to Taiwan and Taichung its fourth destination on the island.
He said he hoped that with the new flights more international travelers will use Taichung Airport as the gateway to central Taiwan.
VietJet Air launched flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Taipei in 2014 and then expanded its service to flights connecting Hanoi and Taipei, Ho Chi Minh City and Tainan, and Ho Chi Minh City and Kaohsiung.
With the launch of Ho Chi Minh City-Taichung flights, VietJet has the most routes connecting Taiwan and Vietnam and serves the most destinations in Taiwan of any foreign budget airline, the carrier said.
Taichung Airport currently offers connections to other parts of Taiwan as well as to Hong Kong, Macau, China, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel