Vietjet Takes Australia by Storm- Thousands of Flights Scheduled and Counting!

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Vietjet, a low-cost Vietnamese airline, recently launched its flight routes to Australia last month. With its success, Vietjet is eyeing to increase flights while offering lower costs to travellers.

Smaller airline companies are now setting up shop in Australia, directly competing with the country’s more prominent airlines like Qantas and Virgin. Despite multiple attempts in what seems to be a play for monopoly, Qantas is now facing aggressive competition from Jetstar, Bamboo Airlines, and Vietjet.

Just recently, Qantas’ move to acquire Alliance Aviation was blocked by competition watchdog Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in its effort to monopolise the Australian skies. 

ACCC chairwoman Gina Cass-Gotlieb said, “We are concerned that this proposed acquisition is likely to substantially lessen competition for air transport services to and from regional and remote areas in Queensland and Western Australia for corporate customers.”

Vietjet officially launched its routes to Australia from Ho Chi Minh in April to further challenge the Australian flagship airline. The Vietnamese airline is part of several smaller airline companies bringing an era of low-cost air travel to the country. The airline is set to accommodate six weekly return flights to Vietnam from Australia.

Vietjet is also geared to increase its flight frequency come September, from three back-and-forth trips per week to four, according to the airline’s official statement. Quang Xuan Do, Vietjet’s vice president, stated that the first flights to Melbourne and Sydney were at full capacity.

Quang Xuan Do added that this is a perfect start for the airline and noted, “The Australian market is a very similar market for the Vietnamese traveller, and after the COVID-19 pandemic recovery, more and more Vietnamese and Australian passengers are travelling. We saw the statistics that more than 175,000 Vietnamese travel to Australia each year, and it is growing year by year.”

The vice president also boasted that the airline business between Australia and Vietnam is $12.4 billion, and Vietjet wants to be part of the business. More flights between the two countries may help the Australian tourism industry recover from the pains of the pandemic as the world reopens.

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