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Vietjet celebrates G7 Hiroshima Summit with first ever direct service between Vietnam and Hiroshima

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Vietjet today announced the launch of a new route connecting Hiroshima and Hanoi. It is the first-ever direct service linking Vietnam with Japan’s Hiroshima and the airline’s eighth route between the two countries.

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, on his official visit to Japan and participation in the expanded G7 Hiroshima Summit, was joined by high-ranking dignitaries from Vietnam and Japan and representatives of Hiroshima Prefectural Government at the announcement ceremony.

The two weekly return services, 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 depart Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi at 02:15 and land in Hiroshima International Airport at 08:45. The return flight will depart Hiroshima at 09:45 and arrive in Hanoi at 12:35 (all local times).

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 Vietjet’s new route today, 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 Chief Executive Officer Dinh Viet Phuong said: “As a proud member of Keidanren, the biggest comprehensive economic federation in Japan, Vietjet is firmly committed to continuously expanding its network linking Japan and Vietnam, and offering more bilateral and multilateral cooperation opportunities as well as more convenient flight options for our customers. In 2023, Vietjet plans to provide 1.5 million seats on flights between the two countries, comprehensively connecting Japan’s biggest tourism and economic hubs to attractive destinations in Vietnam and many other regional countries, such as Australia, India, Kazakhstan and more.”

Vietjet currently operates seven direct routes connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Japanese cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. The airline also operates charter flights from Vietnam to destinations such as Niigata, Shizuoka, Fukushima, and Ehime. Passengers on Vietjet’s flight network will enjoy flying on new and modern aircraft, on which they can order delicious hot meals served by the airline’s professional and friendly cabin crew. They will also be able to enjoy many other dedicated services.

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. A symbol of Japan’s strong resurgence after World War 2, 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.

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