The start-up Vietnam Aviation Joint-Stock Co. (Air
Mekong) finally commenced services to Danang and Dalat on Tuesday, more than two
weeks later than its original schedule as approved by the Civil Aviation
Administration of Vietnam.
The aviation authority told with the Daily on the phone on Tuesday that Air
Mekong got approval to conduct flights to Danang and Dalat from November 16.
Truong Thanh Vu, director of commercial service at the private carrier, said the
airline operated two flights from HCMC and one service from Hanoi to Danang
Vu said Air Mekong also flew daily between HCMC and Hanoi via Dalat, a resort
city in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. With these new routes, the
airline has increased the number of daily domestic flights departing from HCMC
and Hanoi to 32.
Earlier this month, Air Mekong announced it was not able to begin its services
from Hanoi and HCMC to Danang and Dalat from October 31 as it previously
planned. Air Mekong explained the carrier needed more time for preparations, but
the aviation watchdog attributed the postponement to low demand based on the
report submitted by the airline.
Air Mekong reported an average load factor of 60% or higher for the flights in
the airports in the two major cities of Vietnam, HCMC and Hanoi; Danang in the
central region; Dalat, Pleiku and Buon Ma Thuot in the Central Highlands; Phu
Quoc and Con Dao offshore southern Vietnam.