Vietnam's Bamboo Airways to open Taiwan routes in 2019

The Vietnamese carrier commenced services in January

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Photo/FB Bamboo Airways

Photo/FB Bamboo Airways

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways has announced plans to launch 37 flight routes by the end of 2019 connecting major cities of the Southeast Asian nation to international destinations.

The carrier will prioritize opening routes destined for cities in Taiwan and South Korea, because of optimism for the business prospects of the two Asian markets, noted CEO Dang Tat Thang (鄧必勝).

Bamboo Airways also seeks to expand its scope of service by flying to Japan and Singapore later this year, before making inroads into Europe, wrote Central News Agency. International routes destined for U.S. cities including Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are slated for inauguration in 2020 or 2021.

According to statistics, the number of flights between Taiwan and Vietnam has grown to more than 350 per week today from 100 a week in early 2016. The tripled growth indicates the increasingly closer relationship between the two countries, the report said.

Founded in 2017 by real estate empire FLC Group, Bamboo established its headquarters in Hanoi, becoming the fifth airline in Vietnam. The company commenced services in January, and is currently operating 10 flight routes.

Vietnam’s aviation industry is booming, with passenger volume soaring to 62 million last year from 25 million in 2012. Both domestic and regional airlines are making efforts to accommodate the rising number of flights and passengers, reported AFP.