Vietnam Airlines increases flights to India from 5 flights a week to daily flights to New Delhi. The capital will be served from two Vietnamese cities, with four weekly flights from Hanoi and three from Ho Chi Minh. The move comes as VietJet adopts a strong growth strategy in India, planning five destinations from four Vietnamese cities, including Phu Quoc and Da Nang.
According to Saigon News, Vietnam Airlines plans to increase flights to India from March 30, effective. Currently, the airline offers three weekly routes from Hanoi (HAN) and two routes from Ho Chi Minh (SGN) to New Delhi (DEL), the first opening in June 2022. The airline is now increasing flights, serving Delhi daily by adding one weekly flight from HAN (4 times a week) and one from SGN (3 times a week).
Both routes are served by the airline’s Airbus A321 aircraft. The revised schedule is below, all local time:
HAN departs at 19:00:05 and arrives at the DEL at 22:05 (4 hours 30 minutes) – Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Departure DEL at 23:35 and back to HAN at 05:40 (+1 day) (4 hours 35 minutes) – Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Departure from SGN at 18:00:25 and landed at DEL at 22:05 (5 hours 10 minutes) – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Departure DEL at 23:35 and landed at SGN at 06:25 (5 hours 20 minutes) – Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday
This change means that Vietnam Airlines now offers the same number of flights to Delhi as low-cost carrier VietJet Air. This low-cost carrier also flies from HAN and SGN, but with the opposite frequency, three flights from Hanoi and four flights from Ho Chi Minh. However, while Vietnam Airlines’ schedule ends here, VietJet has just begun. It should be noted that the flag carrier is considering a move to Mumbai, India’s second largest hub and a lucrative hub. VietJet has prepared the ground and new routes can be discussed in the next few months.