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Vietnam Airlines resumes direct Vietnam-Philippines flights

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Inaugural route resumption of Vietnam Airlines from Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: MIAA)

Vietnam Airlines launched its first direct flights between Vietnam and the Philippines on Monday, becoming the first Vietnamese carrier to offer nonstop service between the two Southeast Asian countries.

The inaugural flight, VN-648, departed Ho Chi Minh City at 12:50 AM local time and arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Manila at 4:20 AM, where passengers were greeted with flowers and souvenirs.

A 203-seat Airbus A321-272N, registered VN-A512, was deployed on the inaugural flight resumption. Upon arrival, the aircraft was welcomed with a water cannon salute signifying

“The introduction of Vietnam Airlines’ services to Manila not only promotes tourism and trade cooperation, but also contributes to the economic, cultural, and social development between the two Southeast Asian nations,” the airline said.

Vietnam Airlines will operate seven weekly flights connecting the two countries, including four weekly Ho Chi Minh City-Manila flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and three weekly Hanoi-Manila flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The carrier cited the Philippine market’s high potential for Vietnamese tourism and travel, with nearly 30,000 Vietnamese residents in the Philippines. It also aims to serve the roughly 7,000 Filipinos living in Vietnam.

“Vietnam has recently become an increasingly fascinating destination for Filipino tourists due to its relatively short travel distance, unique culture, affordable travel costs, and vibrant culinary scene,” Vietnam Airlines said.

The new routes also cater to the countries’ growing economic and strategic ties. Vietnam and the Philippines have strengthened their partnership in recent years.

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Dirk Andrei Salcedo

An aviation enthusiast turned creator of the top aviation news portal in the Philippines, Dirk has a deep passion for everything that flies. When he's not keeping his finger on the pulse of the industry, he also volunteers with a major humanitarian organization, impacting people on the ground and in the sky.

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