New flights connecting Vietnam to South Australia will begin in November 2023, offering greater access to key tourism and trade markets in Asia.
VietJet will operate five services a week from November 21. The flights will link Ho Chi Minh City - Perth - Adelaide. It is the first time any Vietnamese airline has included Adelaide as a regular destination.
The VietJet network offers connection options to more than 120 domestic and international destinations.
Eight international airlines currently operate 38 non-stop flights into Adelaide each week. Batik Air, Indonesia has announced new four weekly services from Denpasar to Adelaide from November, and Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia Airlines have both announced they will seasonally increase weekly international flights over December and January.
The new flights are:
Sunday - Thursday
Monday - Friday
Adelaide Airport managing director Brenton Cox said flights to Vietnam has been on the radar for some time.
"Vietnam has long been an underserved market of ours and we are confident there are strong economic and tourism links between Vietnam and South Australia that will translate into significant interest in these flights," he said.
"There is also a strong and vibrant Vietnamese community in South Australia so we would envisage interest from customers wanting to visit family and friends both here and in Vietnam.
"Both the Ho Chi Minh City to Adelaide and the Adelaide to Ho Chi Minh City flights will have a short one-hour stopover in Perth each way and will operate during the day, so there's no dreaded overnight flight.
"If the service attracts strong passenger numbers, we'll be keen to have further discussions with Vietjet with a view to turning this into a non-stop service between the two cities."
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