CIAL announces direct flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

 CIAL announces direct flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

*Direct flight services operated by VIETJET  from August 12, 2023
*A total of 45 flight services from Kochi to Southeast Asian destinations
Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) schedules direct flight service to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, starting from 12th August 2023. The new services will be operated by VIETJET offering the passengers a state-of-the-art aircraft with an experienced crew ensuring a comfortable and stress-free journey. The new flights will be operated 4 days a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
This is the first direct air service from Kerala to Vietnam, making it a significant milestone for both the airport and the country’s tourism industry. This new service furthermore complements the existing flight services from Kochi International Airport to other Southeast Asian destinations such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok. CIAL currently operates 2 daily services between Kochi to Singapore;1 service, 6 days a week to Bangkok; 3 daily services to Kuala Lumpur.
"We are very happy to announce a direct flight service from Kochi airport to Ho Chi Minh City," said Mr. S. Suhas IAS, Managing Director, CIAL. "We are confident that the launch of this new air route between Kerala and Vietnam from CIAL will be a significant milestone in the tourism industry, providing travelers with a convenient and direct transportation option to meet their requirements. Also, the opening of a new air route marks a pivotal moment in the history of airport operations, which will help our company in opening up new avenues for economic growth and cultural exchange", he added.
In the previous financial year (2022-’23), CIAL  handled 89.82 lakh passengers. Looking ahead, the company anticipates surpassing the milestone of one crore passengers in the current financial year. Notably, Kochi airport currently holds the  position of being ranked third in the country for the highest number of international passengers.
The new direct flight service from Ho Chi Minh City, VJ1811, will depart at 19:20 hours and reach Cochin International Airport at 22:50 hrs. The return flight,VJ1812, will depart from Kochi at 23:50 hrs and will reach Ho Chi Minh City at 06:40 hrs.