Third private air carrier to take off in October

Air Mekong, the country's third private air carrier, has stated that the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) will finish its checks and appraisal to launch the firm’s first flights on October 10.

The airline is scheduled to fly from Hanoi and HCM City to Da Nang, Nha Trang, Da Lat and Phu Quoc island. It has also asked for permission to fly from HCM City to Con Dao, Buon Me Thuot, Hai Phong and Vinh. 

On August 15, the airline received delivery of four made-in-Canada Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft owned by Skywest Leasing Inc of the US. Each has 95 business and economy-class seats. 

Air Mekong was established in 2009 by Ha Long Investment and Development Company. It will be headquartered at Phu Quoc Airport. The other two private carriers in Vietnam are Indochina Airlines and VietJet AirAsia.