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Low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific spreads its wings, with the launch of non-stop flights between Hanoi and Hong Kong on 7 September 2015. Flights will initially operate 4 times a week.
Jetstar Pacific will launch non-stop flights between Hong Kong (HKG) and Hanoi (HAN), Vietnam, on 7 September 2015. Hopefully, Saigon and Da Nang are also on the airline's radar screen!
The flights will initially operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The total flight time will be about 2 hours. The airilne will operate 180-seat Airbus A320s on the route.
A member of the Jetstar Group, Jetstar Pacific Airlines is a Vietnam-based low-cost carrier. The airline also flies to Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh, a.k.a. Saigon, and several other domestic travel destinations.
The airline's International travel destinations include Bangkok, Thailand; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; and Taipei, Thailand.
“This new route will support the growing demand for low fares from visiting relatives and business travellers between Vietnam and Hong Kong, as well as deliver a boost for local tourism,” says Le Hong Ha, Jetstar Pacific CEO.
“We are also pleased to be able to make it easier for Hong Kong travellers to travel to Hanoi and see all that Vietnam has to offer.”
Several legacy air carriers also fly between Hong Kong and Vietnam.
Hong Kong Airlines links Hong Kong with Hanoi. Cathay Pacific links Hong Kong with Ho Chi Minh City. The airline's sister carrier Dragonair links Hong Kong with Da Nang in Central Vietnam and Hanoi.
United Airlines flies between Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam Airlines flies between Hong Kong and both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam was colonized by France for more than 6 decades.
From the sidewalk cafes to the mustard coloured government buildings to the women wearing conical hats selling crustry French bread from shoulder polls in the streets, the French left an indelible – if fading – mark on the Vietnamese capital.
China, which ruled the country for more than a millennium, left a large imprint on the city. There are Chinese style gardens, pagodas, pavillions, and temples at practically every turn.
The most culturally important remnant of the Chinese era is the Temple of Literature, an imposing compound of buildings dedicated to the study of the teachings of Confucius.
Hanoi is one of the most picturesque urban travel destinations in Southeast Asia. Under communist rule now for fully 70 years, the city is something of a living museum.
From the shop houses of the Old Quarter to the stately mansions and government buildings of the French colonial districts, most of the city's heritage sites have been spared the wrecker's ball.
With the launch of affordable flights to Hanoi, perhaps it's time to give the city a second look!
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