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AirAsia to launch new airline in Vietnam

Air Asia has signed an agreement to reaffirm its intention to launch a low-cost carrier in Vietnam.

A memorandum of cooperation was signed by AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes and Vietnamese businessman Tran Trong Kien, CEO of Thien Minh Travel Joint Stock Company and General Director of Hai Au Aviation Joint Stock Company, at the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72.

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The signing, which took place on the sidelines of the Vietnam Travel and Tourism Summit 2018, was witnessed by Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Quang Tung.

“AirAsia is an Asean airline. And in Asean, Vietnam is one of the last remaining countries with a large population we’re not in,” Fernandes said.

“Today’s memorandum reaffirms our commitment to making AirAsia in Vietnam happen. Last year, when we announced this JV, we were bullish about Vietnam and we remain incredibly bullish about serving one of the most dynamic, fastest-growing economies in Asia.”

As the largest foreign airline in Vietnam by capacity, AirAsia currently operates to five destinations, including its most recent addition, Phu Quoc.

“And we will continue to expand our network to connect Vietnam to Asean and beyond, something our local JV will be able to accelerate. We couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of bringing more visitors to this amazing country and delivering true low-cost air travel to 95 million Vietnamese in the near future,” Fernandes said.

AirAsia operates 141 return flights weekly on 13 routes – including six unique routes – connecting Hanoi, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc with Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bharu in Malaysia, Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand and Manila in the Philippines, and has carried 12 million passengers to and from Vietnam since entering the market in 2005.

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