Corporate October 03, 2017 14:15
By The Nation
Bangkok Airways will begin direct flights between Suvarnabhumi and Vietnam's Phu Quoc International Airport on October 29.
The airline will offer four flights weekly, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, using a 70-seater ATR 72-600.
Bangkok Airways president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth said: "Located in the Gulf of Thailand, the beautiful Phu Quoc, also known as Pearl Island, is Vietnam's largest island.
"Phu Quoc has recently been appointed as a Special Economic Zone by the Vietnamese Government with the expected annual economy growth up to 25–30 per cent.
"According to the latest statistics, in 2016 Phu Quoc attracted over 1.45 million tourists from all over the world. With a 30-day visa-free policy for foreigners, Phu Quoc now is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Southeast Asia for European travellers, especially those from Germany, England, France, Switzerland and Russia."
Puttipong added that Bangkok Airways would be the only scheduled airline to fly to Phu Quoc from Thailand.
"The aim of this new launch is not only to enhance Bangkok Airways' network to cover the Indochina region, but also to provide better flight connections for European, Thai and Vietnamese customers, as well as offering regional connecting routes to Phu Quoc island for its long-haul codeshare partners."
Puttipong said the airline expects that most passengers will be businessmen and tourists from Vietnam and Thailand.
"Moreover, having a link to this beautiful island of Southern Vietnam will make it easier for our passengers traveling aboard our code-share-partner airlines from around the world to connect to Phu Quoc and other major gateways of Vietnam such as Danang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City."