The announcement ceremony was witnessed by Vietnam's Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on his official visit to Japan and attendance at the extended Hiroshima G7 Summit, alongside high-ranking dignitaries from Vietnam and Japan, and representatives from the Hiroshima Prefectural Government.
The twice weekly return service, which will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays, will commence on July 19, 2023. With a flight time of approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes per leg, passengers will depart from Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi at 02:15 and land in Hiroshima International Airport at 08:45. The return flight will depart from Hiroshima at 09:45 and arrive in Hanoi at 12:35 (local time).
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Masahiko Tanabe, Deputy-Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture said, “In Hiroshima Prefecture, we are working together with Hiroshima International Airport to expand the aviation network from the airport. I am very pleased to announce the opening of Vietje’s new route, the first air service in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions connecting to Vietnam. I hope that the direct flights to and from Hiroshima Airport will enhance the convenience of travel between Vietnam and our prefecture and look forward to active mutual exchanges in a wide range of fields, including business and tourism.”
Vietjet currently operates seven direct routes connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with cities in Japan such as Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. It also operates charter flights from Vietnam to destinations such as Niigata, Shizuoka, Fukushima, and Ehime.
These direct flights are also another option for travellers to transit or connect to Kuala Lumpur. Operating on a daily basis, the Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur route offers thousands of commuters between the two cities complete convenience and ease of travel.
Vietnam has been a rising destination in recent years, drawing more and more world travelers, and routinely receiving praise from leading global travel reviewers. Hanoi, the capital city with over a thousand years of history, is home to enchanting lakes, unique urban areas, such as the bustling Old Quarter, and an array of fascinating architectural buildings from the French colonial period. It is also beloved for its incredible culinary heritage. Vietnam's capital is also the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay and beauty spots such as Ninh Binh and Sapa in northern Vietnam.
Located in southwestern Japan, Hiroshima is a strategic point linking Kansai and Kyushu, and serving as a hub for businesses with a developed marine economy and heavy industry. The city of Hiroshima offers many cultural attractions including UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the centuries-old Itsukushima Shrine (famed for its floating Torii gate) and Peace Memorial Park. It is also home to Hiroshima Castle and an incredible local cuisine of its own.