Jetstar has declared Vietnam the new destination for budget Aussie travellers as it launches direct flights to the South-East Asian country from $159.
The airline will become the only low-cost carrier to fly directly from Australia to Ho Chi Minh City in May.
Tickets go on sale today, with a 12-hour launch sale offering $159 fares for one-way flights.
The airline will fly its Boeing 787 Dreamliner direct to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) four times weekly from Sydney and three times weekly from Melbourne.
Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said Vietnam was a growing destination, and the new budget flights would allow more Aussies to tick it off their travel bucket list.
“Vietnam has the potential to become as popular as Bali or Thailand for Australian travellers,” Ms Hrdlicka said.
Ninh Van Bay, near Nha Trang, one of Vietnam’s most popular beach resorts.“Vietnam is well known for its rich culture, vibrant cities, beaches and cuisine, and travellers can take advantage of the wide range of experiences the region has to offer.
“We expect our low fares and direct flights will generate even more demand for holidays to Vietnam.”
Flights from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City will commence on May 10, and flights from Sydney will commence on May 11, subject to regulatory approval. The $159 sale fares are available for select periods between May and October.
From Ho Chi Minh City, travellers can connect to 15 other destinations within Vietnam on Jetstar Pacific.
Navigating roads filled with motorbikes is one of the challenges for visitors to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).Ms Hrdlicka said the new route should also stimulate inbound tourism to Australia.
“In the last 12 months, there has been a 21 per cent increase in visitors from Vietnam to Australia and we expect to see that increase with the introduction of our low fares on the route,” she said.
“The growing middle class in Vietnam has made it one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world.”