The maiden flight of Viet jet from Tiruchirapalli airport to Ho Chi Minh took off on November 2. Earlier in the day the flight arrived from Vietnamese capital.
The flight on the route will be operated thrice a week. Fights from Ho Chi Minh City to Tiruchirapalli will provide the service on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. While return flight will be operated from Tiruchi on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, that too in the early hours
Hanoi-based low-cost airline VietJet has been spreading its network on international routes. The Vietnamese carrier has now launched direct flight services on the Ho Chi Minh City – Tiruchirapalli route, providing a seamless travel experience to the passengers without spending a bomb.
The Viet Jet operated its first flight from Chi Minh City to Tiruchi on November 2, which landed at the Tiruchirappalli International Airport at 11.30 p.m. After making the landing the passengers on board were greeted by the officials. The flight took off from the Tiruchi International for Ho Chi Minh City the next day, and reached its destination at 12.30 a.m.
Meanwhile, VietJet has become the seventh international carrier to serve on this route. Apart from VietJet, top international airlines including AirAsia, Sri Lankan Airlines, Scoot, Malindo Air, Air India Express and IndiGo, already have been operating flight services at Tiruchirapalli International Airport, and connecting to multiple overseas destinations.
The Tiruchirapalli airport situated in Central Tamil Nadu is the second largest international airport in Tamil Nadu. The other big airports Madurai and Coimbatore in existence for over 100 years are yet to get big time international connectivity. Civil aviation ministry has done precious little to tone up the airport infrastructure in both the airports or improve international connectivity though several international airlines have come out with offer to introduce flights. The offers have been cold shouldered by the civil aviation ministry according to travel industry sources