VietnamBangkok Airways joins the rush to Vietnam’s beachside hot spot.

Is this destination the next Phuket or Bali?

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Bangkok Airways will operate four weekly non-stop return flights between Bangkok and Cam Ranh International Airport.
Bangkok Airways will operate four weekly non-stop return flights between Bangkok and Cam Ranh International Airport.

Starting January 25, Bangkok Airways will operate four non-stop return flights weekly between Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and Cam Ranh International Airport on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday aboard a 144-seat Airbus 319.

Bangkok Airways is the latest in a string of airlines to unveil a direct route to Vietnam’s coastal hot spot of Cam Ranh.

Starting January 25, Bangkok Airways will operate four non-stop return flights weekly between Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and Cam Ranh International Airport on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday aboard a 144-seat Airbus 319.

S7 Airlines debuted direct flights from both Irkutsk and Novosibirsk to Cam Ranh last month and this month respectively, joining other Russian carriers offering direct services. 

Earlier this year, Vietnam Airlines introduced direct flights from Seoul to Cam Ranh, joining VietJet Air, Jeju Air and Korean Air with direct links between the destinations. 

Just over a year ago, AirAsia started direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Cam Ranh. Less than a year before that, HK Express kicked off direct flights from Hong Kong.

Over the past few years Vietjet Air, China Southern, Air China, Jetstar Pacific Airlines, Loong Air and Sichuan Airlines have also offered non-stop flights from a host of Chinese destinations including Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an and Kunming.

Bangkok Airways’ new route comes hot on the heels of the launch of Cam Ranh International Airport’s US$163 million international passenger terminal, which can now handle four million passengers per year with expansion plans in place to increase capacity further. The airport receives more than 30 international flights per day.

Since 2015, more than 30 hospitality projects have been cleared for development along the coastal strip. Many are hotels that do or will carry an international brand name.

"With so many international resorts establishing themselves in Cam Ranh over the next few years, coupled with excellent infrastructure in place such as the airport expansion to cater to tourism growth, Cam Ranh will soon rival the likes of Danang, Phuket and even Bali as among Asia's best beach destinations," said Sulaiman Zainul Abidin, the Cam Ranh International Terminal's deputy general-director and chief operating officer.


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