Bamboo Airways on April 28 launched the Melbourne-Hanoi air route, becoming the first Vietnamese airline to operate the route, contributing to promoting the partnership between Vietnam and Australia.
The opening of the route marked a new success in the airline’s efforts to connect Vietnamese and Australian localities after the launching of the routes between Ho Chi Minh City and Melbourne in February and between Ho Chi Minh City and Sydney in March this year.
According to the carrier, the Melbourne-Hanoi route will help shorten travelling time between the two cities to nine hours. The airline is offering many promotion programmes to celebrate the new route.
Addressing the ceremony, Bamboo Airways Deputy General Director Truong Phuong Thanh said that the Melbourne-Hanoi route comes into operation with a promise of convenience, time-saving, and a hassle-free travel experience.
He expressed hope that with the route, Bamboo Airways will further strengthen its role as an aviation bridge and make a substantial contribution to Vietnamese and Australian relations in all aspects, including trade and tourism.
For his part, representative from the Vietnamese Embassy in Australia Tran Le Phuong hailed the efforts by Bamboo Airways in strengthening connections between Vietnam and Australia.
Phuong noted that despite COVID-19 impacts, last year, trade between the two countries surged 50% to AUD17 billion (US$12.11 billion). Vietnam and Australia are working to become each other’s top 10 largest trade partner, he said, adding that Australia is hosting about 300,000 Vietnamese people, including 27,000 students. Before the pandemic broke out, about 400,000 Australian tourists visit Vietnam each year.
This year, Bamboo Airways plans to expand its coverage to 40 international destinations, many of which are in Australia.