Taipei, Aug. 10 -- Budget carrier VietJet Air announced on Thursday that it will start offering direct flights between Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan and Hanoi on Oct. 29 to meet increased demand.
The new service will be the carrier's sixth route between Taiwan and Vietnam, following the Taipei-Hanoi and Taipei/Taichung/Tainan/Kaohsiung-Ho Chi Minh City routes.
The service will operate every day except Mondays and Thursdays, according to the airline, which will become the number one carrier for Taiwan-Vietnam flights.
The airline said it hopes to capitalize on growing interest in traveling between the two countries in the wake of the Taiwanese government's "New Southbound Policy," which aims to forge closer ties with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members, as well as India, Australia and New Zealand.
According to Taiwan's Tourism Bureau, visitor arrivals from Vietnam to Taiwan reached 181,104 during the first six months of 2017, up 113.44 percent from the same period last year.
Tourism authorities in Vietnam said there were 297,852 Taiwanese visitors to Vietnam from January to June 2017, up 122.9 percent year-on-year.