VOV.VN - Vietnamese budget airline Bamboo Airways has been granted takeoff and landing slots to operate six flights per week to Heathrow Airport in the UK as of May in order to better keep up with the travel needs of international passengers, according to a representative from the carrier.
The representative noted that the slots have been allocated in March, therefore allowing Bamboo Airways some time to prepare to launch direct flights to London starting from May. The future schedule is dependent on the market conditions and permission from the Government.
The airline will operate a total of six flights per week, including three on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from Heathrow airport to Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, and three on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport to Heathrow Airport.
Flights are expected to land at 15:30 p.m. and depart at 17:40 p.m. at Terminal 2 of Heathrow Airport. Bamboo Airways is set to run the direct flights by using a modern wide-body Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
By setting up frequent routes to the busiest airport in the world, Bamboo Airways hopes that its international flight network will be further linked to other popular destinations in Europe, thereby helping the carrier to better meet travel demand of international passengers.
This will ultimately serve to boost the Vietnamese tourism brand among the European market whilst promoting bilateral trade between the two countries, according to the airline’s representative.
Bamboo Airways had planned to fly direct to London of the UK and Frankfurt of Germany in the first quarter of 2021, but later delayed its schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it had piloted a direct flight transporting stranded citizens from Hanoi to London, using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Trinh Van Quyet, chairman of Bamboo Airways, recently expresses his wish that the Government would reopen international commercial routes between the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third quarter of this year in a cautious manner once the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control throughout the country.
He antiicpated that the global vaccination factor will serve to create a "boom" among the aviation industry during the end of the year, with Bamboo Airways planning to expand its fleet from 29 to 40 aircraft this year.
The local airline has made thorough preparations in order to resume international flights in the near future. Indeed, Bamboo Airways has been granted a Foreign Air Carrier Permit from the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), therefore allowing it to run direct flights between Vietnam and the United States from the fourth quarter of this year.