A new service by Vietnamese airline Vietjet from Ho Chi Minh City to Adelaide has kicked off, signalling the start of five weekly return flights between the two cities.
Services from the new carrier mean there are now nine international airlines currently operating 44 flights into Adelaide each week.
Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways have already increased capacity into Adelaide, boosting their services from last month, and Singapore Airlines has also added an extra four flights per week for the summer months.
Batik Air Indonesia launched services to Indonesia this month, adding to their existing Malaysian operations. The airline announced four new weekly services from Denpasar to Adelaide from November, marking the state’s first international carrier serving multiple direct destinations.
“The South Australian Tourism Commission and Adelaide Airport have been working hard behind the scenes to secure more airlines and recover international aviation, and I am incredibly pleased that today’s milestone means more flights and more opportunities for our state,” said Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison.
“It is terrific to have Vietjet now flying into Adelaide, the first Vietnamese airline to include our city as a regular destination – opening up significant opportunities for South Australia.
“More capacity will assist our strong tourism sector and help capitalise on the significant amount of South Australian events ahead.”
Brenton Cox, managing director Adelaide Airport, said he expects significant interest in the new flights.
“Vietnam has been a focus of ours for some time and we’re delighted that Vietjet has recognised the opportunity to add Adelaide to its network,” he said.