Jetstar Pacific, the Vietnamese low-cost carrier, has unveiled plans to significantly expand its operations with the addition of new aircraft and the launch of a new international route.
The airline, which is jointly owned by Vietnam Airlines and Qantas, will commence its first ever services from Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) to Singapore on 27 October 2014. Flights will operate daily, leaving HCMC at 0705 and arriving at Singapore’s Changi Airport at 1005. The return service will then depart Changi at 1115, getting back into HCMC at 1215.
These flights will operate alongside Singapore-based Jetstar Asia’s three daily flights on the same route.
And to further its expansion plans, Jetstar Pacific has also announced plans to grow its fleet from seven to 10 Airbus A320 aircraft over the next six months. This will allow the launch of the new international route and the expansion of its domestic network.
Jetstar Pacific currently operates 300 weekly flights to nine domestic destinations, and the carrier now plans to add a new domestic route from HCMC to Thanh Hoa in northern Vietnam.
“Jetstar Pacific’s new services will allow it to capitalise on the evolving opportunities in the Vietnamese markets,” Alistair Hartley, Jetstar’s group executive manager of planning & airline partnerships.
“With Vietnam’s double-digit domestic travel growth and very low levels of low-cost carriers operating on international routes to and from Vietnam, growth of the Jetstar Pacific fleet and network will help unlock the full potential of this market.”
The announcement of Jetstar Pacific’s Singapore flights comes shortly after another Vietnamese LCC, VietJet Air, commenced flights on the same route.