The government of Can Tho City has thrown support behind Vietravelâ€™s plan to partner with Thai VietJet to open an air link between the Mekong Delta city and Bangkok of Thailand.
Dao Anh Dung, vice chairman of Can Tho City, told the Daily yesterday that at a review meeting on the Can Tho-Dalat route over the weekend that he agreed on Vietravelâ€™s proposal to launch Can Tho-Bangkok service in mid-July.
Dung said Vietravel would work with Thai VietJet and the Consulate General of Thailand in HCMC over the plan.
Vietravel proposed one chartered flight every five days on the route in the initial time to meet demand for air travel between Can Tho and Bangkok. The joint venture airline between a low-cost airline of Thailand and VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Co. (VietJetAir) is expected to operate its Airbus aircraft configured with 160 seats.
As for the Can Tho-Dalat route, Dung said tourists have found it inconvenient to travel by air between the two destinations when there are only two weekly flights on Thursdays and Sundays.
Passengers want more flights between Can Tho and Dalat on Tuesdays and all flights on this route to be operated at around noon, instead of late afternoon as at the moment.
Vietnam Air Services Co. (VASCO) kicked off the Can Tho-Dalat route on May 7 and its seating occupancy averaged nearly 58% before jumping to some 70% over the past week. The subsidiary of Vietnam Airlines uses its 67-seat ATR72 for Can Tho-Dalat flights and fares start from VND999,000.
â€œSeating occupancy has increased as demand has picked up in summer,â€ Dung said.
Can Tho attracted more than 2.47 million visitors in the first five months of this year, up 75% compared to the same period last year. The total number included 237,740 foreigners.
In addition to flights to Dalat, there are services connecting the city and HCMC, Hanoi, Phu Quoc, Con Dao and Danang as well as Taiwan.