On the morning of March 28, 2023, at Cam Ranh International Airport, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietravel Airlines officially welcomed the first charter flight departing from Daegu city, South Korea to Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam. In a series of 11 charter flights Vietravel Airlines cooperates with partner in Korea, which is expected to carry more than 2,200 Korean tourists with a frequency of one flight every five days. This is one of the important milestones in our business strategy to expand the route network and prepare for the official launching of regular flights connecting Vietnam and Korea to promote tourism and commercial trade in the summer vacation.
On March 28, 2023, flight number VU1329 of Vietravel Airlines took off at 07:05 (local time) from Daegu International Airport (IATA: TAE), Korea, and landed at 10:40 (Vietnam time) at Cam Ranh International Airport (IATA: CXR), Khanh Hoa, officially welcomed the first Korean tourist group to “the S-shaped country”. On this special flight, together with the standard services of Vietravel Airlines such as snacks & water and inflight tour guide introducing Vietnamese famous landmarks, the Golden Arrows would like to give passengers Vietnamese traditional conical hats, symbolic souvenirs of Vietnam as a way of warm greeting and promoting the national culture. Thereby, Vietravel Airlines continues to carry out the mission of connecting Vietnam to the world. In the near future, the airline will strengthen the operation of more regular flights to expand the Vietnam - Korea route network.
In the ceremony at Cam Ranh International Airport, Vietravel Airlines was honored to have the presence of:
- Representatives of the Board of Directors of Vietravel Airlines
- Mrs. Nguyễn Thị Lệ Thanh - Director of Khanh Hoa Province Department of Tourism
- Mr. Trần Minh Đức - President of Khanh Hoa Province Travel Association
- Mr. Phạm Minh Nhựt – Vice President of Khanh Hoa Province Tourism Association
- Mr. Luyện Mạnh Cường - Representative of Khanh Hoa Province Tourism Promotion Center
Mr. Vu Duc Bien, CEO of Vietravel Airlines shared: “The tourism industry has accelerated recovery and boomed after the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietravel Airlines has decided to launch charter flights connecting Daegu city, Korea and Cam Ranh city, Vietnam to meet the increasing demand of passengers in both countries. This is also a competitive advantage of Vietravel Airlines in the early stages of entering the Korean market while providing various options for flights at reasonable prices as well as saving travel time through direct flights.”
Ranked 7th place in the list of worth-living countries and lowest cost of traveling in the world according to a survey from InterNations in 2022; additionally, owning a long and beautiful coastline, Vietnam has surpassed China, Japan, and European countries to become top-of-mind destination with Korean tourist. According to the General Statistics Office, in 2022, the tourists from "the land of kimchi" account for the largest proportion of the total number of international visitors to Vietnam with 26.5%, reaching nearly one million visitors.
From data published by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), in Khanh Hoa province, after officially opening to welcome international tourists in May 2022, Cam Ranh International Airport welcomed nearly 150,000 tourists from South Korea, an impressive figure which accounted for nearly 75% of the total number of international visitors to this city. An explanation from the experts for this boom is that Korean tourists recently tend to have long-term traveling in one destination; thus, they usually fly directly to coastal cities such as Nha Trang, Da Nang anh Phu Quoc instead of other vibrant big cities in Vietnam.
Additionally, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) in Vietnam recorded the number of Vietnamese tourists traveling to Korea in 2022 reaching the milestone of 80,000 people. The impetus for rapid growth is benefiting from the "New Southern Policy" of South Korean President Moon Jae-in. It would grant multiple visas with a 5-year term to Vietnamese people. Importantly, Vietnam is the first country in Southeast Asia to enjoy benefit from this regime.
A representative for passengers on flight from Daegu - South Korea shared: "I am very happy to be one of the passengers on the first charter flight of Vietravel Airlines from Daegu to Cam Ranh; and was really surprised when received a warm welcome upon arrival at the airport. The experience on the flight is great, the flight crew of Vietravel Airlines is very professional and friendly, always dedicated to attentive service. I also enjoyed the delicious food and service in flight. The reason why I choose Nha Trang because this is one of the favorite destinations of Koreans. Vietnam is always mentioned as a beautiful and friendly country.”
Attending the ceremony, Mrs. Nguyễn Thị Lệ Thanh - Director of Khanh Hoa Province Department of Tourism shared "Congratulations to Vietravel Airlines for successfully implementing the first charter flight connecting the two tourist cities are Daegu, Korea and Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam. Take advantage of the diverse tourism ecosystem with many years of experience in the industry from the parent company Vietravel Holiday, together with the modern airline to bring a good flight experience, the airline has created convenient conditions for passengers of the two countries and made a positive contribution to the Vietnam-Korea strategic partnership in many aspects such as diplomacy, culture, and tourism.”
Vietravel Airlines in collaboration with a business partner in Korea officially operates a series of 11 charter flights on the route from Daegu (TAE) to Cam Ranh (CXR) in the period from from March 28, 2023 to May 7, 2023 with a frequency of one flight every five days and will increase the number of flight depending on the needs of the market. Vietravel Airlines is operating 5 domestic routes connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh with major tourist cities such as Da Nang, Phu Quoc, and Quy Nhon. Regarding the international market, the airline is currently operating direct routes from Hanoi - Bangkok, and Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh - Bangkok with a frequency of 14 flights/week in the golden hour frames.
According to data from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, Vietravel Airlines achieved average rate of on-time performance at 93.0%, ranked among top 3 airlines in Vietnam. In addition, Vietravel airline's average cancellation rate was the lowest at 0.2%.
About Vietravel Airlines
Vietravel Airlines is invested by the Aviation and Tourism Group - Vietravel Corporation (Stock Code: VTR), the airline officially operated the first commercial flight connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi Capita on January 25, 2021. Vietravel Airlines is an important piece contributing to perfecting the multi-dimensional tourism ecosystem combining multi-modal transport that the Corporation aims to with the mission of connecting and promoting the development of famous tourist destinations in Vietnam and worldwide. The airline aims to bring customers unique air products that combine travel, comfort experience and uplifting emotions on each flight journey.
Vietravel Airlines was successfully ranked "The World's Fifth Best Leisure Airline" by Skytrax, awarded "Asia's Leading New Airline” by World Travel Award, and “Inspirational Brand Award” by Asia Pacific Enterprise Award (APEA) 2022.
Vietravel Airlines focuses on exploiting its commercial flights on a fleet of modern narrow-body Airbus A321/ Boeing 737 or equivalent aircraft. In the first two years, the airline will focus on exploiting domestic and Asian route networks (Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore) with a fleet of 06 A321 aircrafts and will continue to increase to 12 aircrafts in the following year.
Vietravel Airlines Public Relations and Branding Department