Phu Quoc International Airport in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang received its inaugural flight carrying 68 passengers from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on December 2.
On the same day, Phu Quoc Airport also organized 11 flights with a total of 1,000 passengers on routes HCMC-Phu Quoc, Can Tho-Phu Quoc and Rach Gia-Phu Quoc.
The International Airport broke ground in November 2008, covering an area of 905 hectares and built at a cost of VND16,206 billion (US$777 million).
After four years of construction, the first phase of the project has been completed at a cost of VND3 trillion ($144 million). An official inauguration ceremony is scheduled to take place on December 15.
In related news, Vietnam Airlines flight VN631 carrying 143 passengers from HCMC landed at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta in Indonesia on December 2.
This is the first direct flight between Vietnam and Indonesia. In all there are now four direct weekly flights, departing on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, leaving HCMC at 10am for a three hour flight to Jakarta. The same flight will return to HCMC on the same day at 1.45pm.
On this occasion, Vietnam Airlines is offering a promotion, in which one round trip ticket from HCMC-Jakarta will cost only VND2,905,000, a discount of 22 percent. The HCMC-Jakarta-Bali route will also be discounted by 11 percent to cost VND7,085,000.
The above discounted fares do not include taxes and other fees, and are applicable on tickets purchased from October 22 to December 31, for flights departing between December 2 and March 30, 2013.