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 www.jetstar.com and all ticket agents from VND620,000 (US$27.3) 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.