31 August 2009
Indonesia AirAsia said the low-cost carrier would launch its direct service between Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City on Sep. 18 with four flights per week on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays.
An AirAsia statement dated Aug. 19 said Indonesia AirAsia would offer a promotional fare from 199,000 rupiah (almost US$20) from Jakarta to Ho Chi Minh City and an all-in-fare of US$35, also promotional, from Ho Chi Minh City to Jakarta.
The new service will mark the first flight for Indonesia AirAsia heading towards Vietnam, the carrier said in the announcement.
Indonesia AirAsia marketing and distribution director Widijastoro Nugroho said in the statement, “With four times weekly frequency between Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City, mutual economic, social and cultural benefits can be expected, as AirAsia’s low fares and innovative services will definitely stimulate more travel both inbound and outbound from these two destinations.”
Indonesia AirAsia chief executive officer Dharmadi was quoted as saying, “We believe that Ho Chi Minh City is a dynamic and industrious center. With a number of seven million inhabitants, it is one of the most potential cities and considered as the economic capital in Vietnam.”
AirAsia is a Malaysia-based airline group. AirAsia Bhd. in Malaysia and Thailand AirAsia have their fleets already flying to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, targeting a overall average load factor of 75-85%, the group says.