HCMC – Turkish Airlines yesterday started air service to HCMC by extending the Istanbul-Bangkok route to Vietnam’s largest economic center.
Turkish Airlines starts service to city
Phu Cat airport to get new runway lighting system
By Kinh Luan - The Saigon Times Daily
Akin Carkci (L, front), Turkish Airlines director in Vietnam, offers an Airbus-340 model to Tran Van Thang, deputy general director of Southern Airports Corporation (SAC), during the inauguration of the airline’s service to HCMC on Thursday - Photo: Kinh Luan HCMC – Turkish Airlines yesterday started air service to HCMC by extending the Istanbul-Bangkok route to Vietnam’s largest economic center.
The airline will have four weekly flights, with departures from Tan Son Nhat International Airport on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. A promotional roundtrip airfare begins at VND18.83 million for departures between now and March 31 next year.
“We use the Airbus 340 that has 270 seats for the service. The arrival time in HCMC is 16:50 hours and the departure time is 20:30 hours,” said Turkish Airlines director in Vietnam Akin Carkci.
By adding HCMC to its destination network, Turkish Airlines now flies to 169 destinations worldwide.
* Vietnam Airlines and Binh Dinh Province have begun work on a VND29.8 billion project to install a new runway lighting system at Phu Cat Airport.
The new lighting system, which is scheduled to be up and running operation in the last quarter of next year, will allow the airport to handle more flights between the country’s two biggest cities – Hanoi and HCMC, and Quy Nhon City.
Pham Ngoc Minh, director general of Vietnam Airlines, said at the groundbreaking ceremony that Hanoi-Quy Nhon service started in January 2009 with four weekly flights but the number had now rise to six.
Vietnam Airlines has also increased the frequency of its HCMC-Quy Nhon service to 11 flights a week. It has plans to raise the frequency to two flights a day.
In the first 11 months of this year, Vietnam Airlines transported 44,000 passengers on Hanoi-Quy Nhon route, up 69% year-on-year, and 96,500 on Quy Nhon-HCMC run, a 26% increase.