Bangkok Airways is pursuing expansion in Vietnamese market with a planned new service from Bangkok to Phu Quoc and upgrading Bangkok-Da Nang to daily. The Phu Quoc service will provide the island’s international airport, which opened four year ago, its second regular year-round international route after Guangzhou.
Phu Quoc is an increasingly popular visa free destination and a link to Bangkok should help the island’s tourism sector attract more international tourists, particularly from Europe. Bangkok Airways will provide access to Phu Quoc for its huge portfolio of codeshare partners, including its 10 partners in Europe and the Gulf.
The independent full service regional airline entered the Vietnam market in May-2016 with four weekly flights to Da Nang. The Da Nang route has been successful but Bangkok Airways is only keen to serve secondary points in Vietnam rather than the main cities of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh, which are oversupplied from Bangkok and are already served by most of its partners.
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