VietJet Spreads Its Wings to Melbourne

Flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Victoria’s state capital will take off at the end of March.

An aerial view of Melbourne’s CBD. (Photo: kokkai/iStock)

Melbourne-based flyers seeking out more affordable flights to Vietnam can look forward to the southern autumn, when fast-growing budget carrier VietJet makes its first foray into Australia. March 31 will see the launch of thrice-weekly nonstop services from Ho Chi Minh City to Tullamarine Airport. The news was announced yesterday at a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City, attended by VietJet’s Managing Director Dinh Viet Phuong and Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment Tim Pallas, who is currently leading a Victorian delegation on a working visit to Vietnam.

Scheduled every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the outbound flights will depart Ho Chi Minh City at 9:50 a.m. and land at Melbourne at 10:35 p.m. the same evening. Meanwhile, the red-eye return service will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, when it leaves the Victorian capital at 12:30 a.m. to arrive back in Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 5:15 a.m. local time. The estimated journey time is roughly eight and a half hours each way. Should there be enough market demand, VietJet will bump up frequencies to daily from December 2024.

VietJet plans to utilize wide-body A330 aircraft offering two cabin classes and four fare types: SkyBoss Business, SkyBoss, Deluxe, and Eco. The airline’s competitors on the route are Jetstar, along with full-service carriers Bamboo Airways and Vietnam Airlines.

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