National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will increase their daily service between Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok from one to two return flights from December 1, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Vietnam Airlines will make two return trips between HCMC and Bangkok everyday from next month
The carrier is also planning to offer two return trips between Hanoi and Thailand’s capital city in mid-2010 or the end of next year.
Do Khoi Nguyen, head representative of Vietnam Airlines’ office in Bangkok, said the extra flights are part of the carrier’s strategy to develop into one of the leading airlines in the region.
The number of passengers traveling between the two routes has so far seen a decline compared to the same period last year as a result of the global economic downturn.
But travel demand on the routes has shown signs of rebounding this month with an average seat occupancy of 95 to 98 percent for the past week.
Earlier this month, the airline also increased its weekly service between Vietnam and France from six to eight flights.
The move was made to prepare for the carrier’s entrance into global airline alliance SkyTeam next year.
The alliance has ten members from the U.S., China and South Korea and offers its 462 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 16,700 daily flights covering 905 destinations in 169 countries.
Vietnam Airlines transports nine million passengers a year to 19 domestic and 23 international destinations.