Three weekly flights will carry passengers between the two destinations on each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Each trip is estimated to take about two hours.

The Macau-based airline is offering promotional air fares for single economy class flight on the new route at $25 and $199 (excluding tax and surcharge) for one-way business class flight.

Viva Macau is currently using 245-seat Boeing 767 aircrafts to operate daily flights between Macau and Vietnam's southern hub.

In July this year, the budget carrier raised the number of flights on the route from four to seven a week to meet growing travel demand on the route.

The carrier enjoyed 20 percent growth on the HCM City-Macau route in the first half of this year, according to Viva Macau general director Reginald MacDonald.

The airline is also offering flights between HCM City and Australia's Melbourne and Japan's Sapporo via Macau.

Macau, a former Portuguese colony, now governed by China, has become a popular destination for Vietnamese tourists.

Nguoi Lao Dong - December 25, 2009