On April 28 and 29, Bamboo Airways launched two regularly-scheduled flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore and Thailand, marking the airline’s first routes to Southeast Asia this year.
|Bamboo Airways launches flights to Singapore and Thailand |
On the morning of April 29, Bamboo Airways’ flight QH305 took off at Tan Son Nhat International Airport – Ho Chi Minh City – to Changi Airport in Singapore, marking the airline’s first regular route to Singapore. Earlier on April 28, the airline also launched its first regular Ho Chi Minh City-Bangkok flight.
Deputy CCO of Bamboo Airways, Hoang Ngoc Thach said the airline is gearing up its process to bridge Vietnam and other ASEAN countries, thus meeting the expected increase in travel demands during the crowded summer season.
The airline will operate the modern A320 aircraft on these routes, initially with two return flights per week – increasing to three from May – for the Singapore flight and three return flights – increasing to four in June – for the Thailand route. The frequency will be ramped up depending on market demands.
These regular services have opened for ticket sales on all Bamboo Airways’ official channels, with a favourable price from only VND116.000 ($5) for the base fare per flight as a tribute to customers on this special occasion.
|Passengers on Bamboo's first regular Ho Chi Minh City-Bangkok flight |
Thach said, “We are more than delighted to welcome passengers on our first regular flights to Singapore and Thailand. In an attempt to provide the utmost safety and punctuality of flights, and with dedicated and professional services, Bamboo Airways hopes to be the first choice for tourists when it comes to memorable journeys with class-leading hospitality.”
Mr Lim Ching Kiat, Changi Airport Group’s (CAG) managing director of Air Hub Development stated, "We are heartened to welcome Bamboo Airways to the Changi family as it celebrates the launch of Singapore as its second destination in Southeast Asia. Vietnam is currently Changi’s ninth largest passenger market and a popular holiday destination among Singaporeans. CAG is currently working with airlines to launch new destinations in Vietnam including Hai Phong, Phu Quoc, and Nha Trang”.
|Representatives from Bamboo Airways and Changi International Airport exchanging gifts to celebrate the move |
Flying beyond limitations
The Lion City and the land of Wats are among the most desirable destinations for Vietnamese tourists travelling within Asia. Entering Singapore and Thailand only requires an ordinary passport with six-month validity thanks to the visa-free regulations.
This April, representatives of many Thai travel agencies have predicted a surge in the travel demands of local tourists visiting Vietnam. The online travel booking site Agoda also revealed that Thailand was the most sought-after international destination for Vietnamese tourists from April 1 to 14.
Vietnam is also an attractive destination for Singaporean tourists, with 90 per cent of them being eager to visit this year according to a survey by CAG. 95 per cent said they would stay in Vietnam for at least seven days and their most wanted attractions include Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Ha Long, and Da Nang.
As of now, restrictions have been lifted to create hassle-free travel for tourists. Singapore has launched the Vaccinated Travel Lane offering quarantine-free travel for Vietnamese with a green travel pass, Vietnam has stopped medical declarations for international arrivals, and tourists with a negative test result can enter Thailand without any further testing or quarantine requirements.
Bamboo Airways expects that every new route connecting Vietnam to Thailand and Singapore will contribute to promoting trade and tourism, aiding the post-pandemic recovery of all the nations.
The airline’s representative also stated that a service between the Vietnamese capital Hanoi and Singapore will start on May 4. This will lay a solid foundation for Bamboo Airways to operate many more routes from Vietnam's cities and provinces to Southeast Asian countries in the future.