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Four additional flights a week to both destinations to begin from March 27.
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National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will add four more flights a week on its routes from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore and Taipei from March 27.
The additional flights to Singapore will depart Ho Chi Minh City at 7.25pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and return at 11.25pm on the same day. Flights to Taipei will depart at 2.15 am on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and return at 10.10pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
With the advantage of arriving early in the morning, the new flights to Taipei will give travelers more time to explore the city while those on business can begin work as soon as they arrive. Meanwhile, the return flights departing late in the evening allow passengers to have more time on the day of departure to sightsee or work before returning to Vietnam.
Vietnam Airlines now conducts eleven flights a week between Ho Chi Minh City and Taipei and 25 a week between Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. Flights are operated on Airbus A321 aircraft with four-star international-quality services.
From now until June 30, Vietnam Airlines is offering special prices for tickets on these flights. A return ticket from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore starts from VND2.79 million ($123) while Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei tickets start from VND4.56 million ($200) (including taxes and fees).
Golden Lotus members flying from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore or Taipei from March 25 to April 25 will also be offered 500-1,500 bonus miles.
The number of Vietnamese visiting Taiwan has increased sharply after Taiwan relaxed its visa policy towards Vietnamese citizens, in September 2016, which allows those who hold permanent residence certificates issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Schengen signatories, the UK, and the US, or hold a visa or a residence card from one of these countries either valid or expired within ten years from the date of their expected arrival in Taiwan to use an online application to obtain an online visa. In 2017, around 400,000 Vietnamese visited Taiwan, up 100.5 per cent against 2016, according to figures from Taiwan.
Meanwhile, Singapore, one of most popular destinations for Vietnamese, also welcomed an increasing number of Vietnamese tourists. The island nation welcomed more than 530,000 in 2017, for growth of 13.2 per cent over 2016, according to the Singapore Tourism Board.
- Vietnam Airlines