Vietnam-based low cost carrier VietJet is looking to expand its operations from Hong Kong with a new connection to Vietnam.
VietJet announced it will start new Phu Quoc-Hong Kong flights starting April 19, operating the flights on a four-times weekly service. Phu Quoc will be the second destination the airline serves out of Hong Kong after Ho Chi Minh City.
The new route is aimed at serving business and leisure travelers from Hong Kong, which VietJet estimated more than 300,000 traveled with the airline between Phu Quoc and Hong Kong until this month.
“After nearly three years of operating our HCM City-Hong Kong route, Vietjet has gained the love and trust of Hong Kong residents, business people and international tourists, and has contributed positively to the promotion of air travel and trade between Vietnam and Hong Kong as well as across the region,” Luu Duc Khanh, Vietjet’s managing director said during a press event for the route announcement.
Known as the “Emerald Isle” or the “Pearl Island,” Vietnam has been building up Phu Quoc as an emerging destination with new hotel developments and has been named as a special economic zone. Also, Vietnam has eased the entry requirements for foreign travelers heading to Phu Quoc by allowing a visa-free stay for up to 30 days.