Indian airline, IndiGo, inaugurated its first commercial flight from Kolkata to Hanoi on October 3, making Hanoi its 19th international destination. Daily flights between Kolkata and Ho Chi Minh City are scheduled to commence on October 18 and will average 3 to 3.5 hours.
William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer of IndiGo said the carrier’s connections to Vietnam will not only enable increased tourist footfall in both countries but will also connect the Buddhist community in Vietnam with important religious cities in India, Myanmar and China.
Boulter added that IndiGo will continue to expand its network to meet the requirements of both business and leisure travellers across domestic and international destinations.
According to Vietnamese Ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau, approximately 130,000 Indians visiting Vietnam in 2018, and the new flights will increase this number in future years.
IndiGo is one of the largest carriers in India with a fleet of over 200 aircraft and a 49% market share. Vietnam is the carrier’s fifth Southeast Asian destination, after Malaysia and Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand.