Jetstar Pacific launches Dong Hoi-Chiang Mai service (Source: Jetstar Pacific)

Hanoi (VNA) – Low-cost airline Jetstar
Pacific officially launched a direct service between Dong Hoi airport in Vietnam’s Quang Binh
central province and Chiang Mai in northern Thailand on August 11. 

The first flight from Dong Hoi
airport to Chiang Mai carried nearly 180 passengers while the return flight had
more than 150 travellers on board. 

The service’s launch is part of the cooperation
agreement between the airline and Quang Binh’s authorities aiming at serving
increasing travelling demand and stimulating tourism growth in Vietnam’s
central region and Thailand’s northern localities. 

According to Jetstar Pacific, nearly 5,000 tickets
on the route have been booked. In the initial period, the airline will operate
two two-way flights on the route each week, on Monday and Friday. 

The Quang Binh-Chiang Mai flight takes only 1 hour
and 40 minutes, compared to two days if travelling by car.  

Tickets are available at and all
ticket agents from 620,000 VND (27.3 USD) one leg. 

The low-cost airline is operating several services
between Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. It plans to open a route connecting Da
Nang in central Vietnam and Japan’s Osaka on September 1 and Hanoi-Osaka on
September 2.

Being the first low-cost airline in Vietnam,
Jetstar Pacific is operating 36 domestic and international routes, which are
linked with the network of Jetstar Group covering 80 destinations in 17
countries in Asia-Pacific. It has two main shareholders being the national flag
carrier Vietnam Airlines and Qantas Airways. -VNA