The Thai unit of Vietnamese low-cost carrier VietJet launched three routes in Thailand starting 8 September including Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Phuket and Phuket-Chiang Rai.
Another international route – Bangkok to Haiphong, Vietnam – is planned to begin operating in November with flights four times a week. The airline already flies daily to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi directly from Bangkok.
VietJet Vice President, Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh, said that the Thai arm of the airline planned to expand its network by linking Thailand with other countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, southern China and Japan. On the existing Thailand-Vietnam routes, Thais represent 15% per cent of all passengers but this is expected to climb to 40-50% in the near future. To further boost tourism to Thailand, the airline has also had one of its Airbus A320 airplanes painted with an Amazing Thailand design.