Vietnam Airlines Increases Ceiling Airfares

By Thu Huong.

Vietnam Airlines has officially announced increase in ceiling airfares for the domestic flights in Vietnam with distance from above 500km from 1-April-2014. With the new pricing scale, the ceiling airfares for the domestic flights in Vietnam are as follows:

VietJetAir Begins Ho Chi Minh City - Da Lat Flights

By Thu Huong.

From 22Mar2014 VietJetAir begins flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Da Lat. Earlier, there were only flights by Vietnam Airlines on this route. Besides, the air firm operates regular flights between Hanoi - Da Lat and Vinh - Da Lat.

Online Visas for Vietnam

By Thu Huong.

From 14-Mar-2014, foreign passport holders traveling to Vietnam can obtain a visa within 2 working days by applying online at the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam at visa.mofa.gov.vn. By applying online, the travellers can also keep track of their visa status.

Vietnam Waives Visas for Phu Quoc Island

By Thu Huong.

From 10-Mar-2014, foreign passport holders who travel to Phu Quoc Island in Kien Giang Province of Vietnam and whose stay on the island not exceeding 30 days are exempt from visa. If the trip to Phu Quoc Island involves a transit at another international border port of Vietnam by sea or by air, then visas are not required either.

VietJetAir Begins Flights Ho Chi Minh City - Quy Nhon

By Thu Huong.

9November2013 VietJetAir started the first daily flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Quy Nhon. The flights are with Airbus Sharklet aircrafts providing 2,500 seats each week for the travellers between two cities. VietJetAir is the first private air firm in Vietnam operating flights to most destinations in Vietnam, between Vietnam and Bangkok (Thailand), Siem Reap (Cambodia), Seoul (South Korea).

Vietnam Myanmar Visa Exemption

By Thu Huong.

Earlier in October 2013, the Governments of Vietnam and Myanmar have signed a pact waiving entry visa for nationals of one country to travel in the other in no more than 14 days.

Etihad Airways Ho Chi Minh City Flights

By Thu Huong.

2Oct2013 Etihad Airways officially begins daily direct flights between Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam). All flights are with Airbus 330-200 with 22 Business Class seats and 240 Economy Class seats. The flight departs Abu Dhabi at 0830 A.M, the return flight departs Ho Chi Minh City at 2030 P.M. The flight time is 7 hours 30 minutes. These flights help to faciliate air travel between Vietnam and the Middle East as well as between Vietnam and Europe.

VietJetAir to Fly to Hue and to Buon Ma Thuot

By Thu Huong.

From 15October2013, VietJetAir is to begin daily flights on new routes Hanoi - Hue and Hanoi - Buon Ma Thuot. From Hanoi to Hue, the flight departs at 1640 and the return flight departs Hue at 1825. From Hanoi to Buon Ma Thuot, the flight departs at 11:40 A.M, the return flight departs Buon Ma Thuot at 16:55. Earlier, there had been only flights by Vietnam Airlines on these routes.

Hue Phu Bai Airport Planned for Early Reopening

By Thu Huong.

22July2013 According to news from Vietnam Aviation Authority, the overhaul of Phu Bai Airport in Hue is to be completed 2 months earlier than scheduled. The airport had been planned for the reopening on 20Nov2013. After inspection of the works by officials from Vietnam Aviation Authority on 22July2013, the reopening of the airport has been changed to 20September2013. The official announcement by Vietnam Aviation Authority is due in the next few days.

Tan Son Nhat Airport Repaired Runway Open Again

By Thu Huong.

Reparation of one of the two runways at Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat Airport has been completed and the runway has been ready for flights again from 2July2013. Saigon Tan Son Nhat Airport has two runways built by the Americans in 1965-1967 for military aircrafts. The runways were upgraded and renewed in 1992 and 2002 to accommodate the busy flight schedules and different commercial aircrafts. The closure of the runway caused a lot of shuffles in the domestic flights in Vietnam, as Tan Son Nhat is the busiest airport in the country.

Vietnam Airlines to Begin New Flights

By Thu Huong.

From 1July2013, Vietnam Airlines is to begin two new flights: Da Nang - Seoul (South Korea) and Da Nang - Siem Reap (Cambodia). There are 3 weekly flights between Da Nang - Seoul are on Monday, Thursday and Saturday with Airbus 321 aircraft. The flight departs Da Nang at 0005hr and arrives at Seoul at 0930 A.M (local time). The flight from Da Nang to Seoul is 4 hours and the return flight is 5 hours.

Bebinca Storm: Halong Bay Junk Cruises Suspended

Bebinca, the second tropical storm in Vietnam in 2013, is expected to arrive on 23June2013. From 22June2013, junks and boats are suspended from cruising on Halong Bay, the most popular tourist attractions in the country.