VietJet plans massive India expansion

VietJet – the Vietnamese airline is expanding its India operations rapidly. The airline which currently operates to Delhi and Mumbai is adding three more destinations in India. These three destinations are Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. 

This will be in addition to its current operations which sees the airline operate to Delhi and Mumbai from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Phu Quoc. 

Bengaluru

The airline will connect Bengaluru to Ho Chi Minh City with four weekly flights, with Da Nang twice a week and Hanoi four times a week. Thus Bengaluru will be connected non-stop with Vietnam with 10 weekly frequencies

Flight Timings

VJ1801 SGN2120 – 0040(+1)BLR Tu,Th,Sa,Su

VJ1802 BLR0140 – 0815SGN  Mo,We,Fr,Su

Flights are open for sale for November, Operated by the Airbus A320

VJ1971 DAD1900 – 2230BLR

VJ1972BLR2330 – 0600 (+1)DAD 

Flights operate on Mondays and Wednesdays, Operated by the Airbus A320

VJ1921 HAN1900 – 2235BLR

VJ1922 BLR2335 – 0555(+1)HAN

Flights to operate four days a week – Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

This will have an impact on three airports primarily, AirAsia Bhd which connects via Kuala Lumpur, Thai Airways which offers services via Bangkok and Singapore Airlines which offers flights via Singapore

Ahmedabad

Its celebration time for Ahmedabad, for the city has been chosen above Chennai and Kolkata for flights to Vietnam! The primary reason could well be that the city is part of the 18 points under Air Services Agreement with countries in ASEAN which allow open-skies!

The city will have twelve flights a week to Vietnam with four each to Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Hanoi at below timings.

VJ1805 SGN2015 – 0005 (+1)AMD Tu,Th,Sa,Su

VJ1806 AMD0105 – 0815SGN Mo,We,Fr,Su

These flights begin early October and are operated by Airbus A320

VJ1975 DAD1830 – 2230AMD Tu,Th,Sa,Su

VJ1976 AMD2330 – 0625(+1)DAD Tu,Th,Sa,Su

These flights begin early December and are operated by Airbus A320

VJ1925 HAN1900 – 2240AMD Tu,Th,Sa,Su

VJ1926 AMD2340 – 0550(+1)HAN Tu,Th,Sa,Su

These flights begin late September and are operated by Airbus A320

Ahmedabad has struggled to attract South East Asian carriers. Both Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines operated to Ahmedabad once upon a time with Malaysia Airlines pulling out later. Singapore Airlines has played around with frequencies to match demand and yield. 

Hyderabad

The city will have twelve flights a week to Vietnam with four each to Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Hanoi at below timings.

VJ1803 SGN2130 – 0025 (+1)HYD Tu,Th,Sa,Su

VJ1804 HYD0200 – 0815SGN Mo,We,Fr,Su

These flights begin early October and are operated by Airbus A320

VJ1973 DAD1900 – 2210HYD Tu,Th,Sa,Su

VJ1974 HYD2310 – 0515(+1)DAD Tu,Th,Sa,Su

These flights begin late November and are operated by Airbus A320

VJ1923 HAN1930 – 2235HYD Mo,We,Fr,Su

VJ1924 HYD2335 – 0525(+1)HAN Mo,We,Fr,Su

These flights begin early October and are operated by Airbus A320

This will have an impact on three airports primarily, AirAsia Bhd which connects via Kuala Lumpur, Thai Airways which offers services via Bangkok and Singapore Airlines which offers flights via Singapore

Competition Intensifies

IndiGo – which commenced connectivity between the two countries now seems marginalised with just two routes, those between Kolkata – Hanoi and Kolkata – Ho Chi Minh City. This blog had predicted earlier that the airline could look to add flights from Delhi next.

Vietnam Airlines started operations to Delhi and had plans of deploying the A350 on the route. However, the airline has been mostly flying the A321 on the sector, barring one instance when it deployed the 787! 

VietJet on the other hand upped its game and in quick succession launched flights to Mumbai – which were planned for Summer of 2020 and added Phu Quoc – the visa free island to its connectivity grid to India. 

Network Thoughts

Such massive expansion is uncommon but VietJet has two battles to fight. The first one is to cover up for its capacity which was China centric and help itself diversify. There are not any countries which have a population as large as that of India and who are willing to experiment and travel to new destinations. VietJet also needs to guard itself from Bamboo airways which started pre-pandemic but has been expanding rapidly pushing both Vietnam Airlines and VietJet – one route at a time. 

Will VietJet succeed in stimulating the market and take the cake in this expansion or fall under its own might? The Vietnam – India connectivity is back only recently and had not matured before the world went into a lockdown. 

With the timings which are available in the market, IndiGo’s flights definitely would not be best suited for the tourist. I have said this number of times before that IndiGo’s timings aren’t the best in the market and it may be forced to rejig those. My measured guess would be that IndiGo would operate flights from Delhi to three destinations in Vietnam and wait it out before it can start Mumbai. The second mover advantage – to enter the market when it matures is more beneficial than entering when there is cut throat competition as is right now. 

The most interesting thing I see coming is cooperation. Will it be Vietnam Airlines + IndiGo or VietJet + IndiGo? Time has all the answers. . .

If you happen to fly to Vietnam, don’t forget to eat Pho

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2 thoughts on “VietJet plans massive India expansion

  1. Hope this will enable Indian tourists explore a new country (Vietnam) rather than the standard Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia circuit.

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