Truong Thanh Vu of Air Mekong told the Daily on the phone on Tuesday that the private carrier looked set to begin the Hanoi-Con Dao service around mid-May, with two to three weekly flights on weekends.

"We will start with a limited number of flights between Hanoi and Con Dao to gauge market demand," Vu said, adding it would take around two hours and five minutes for Air Mekong's 90-seat Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft to fly between the two destinations.

The airline is now working on flight schedule and licensing procedures for the forthcoming service, which will become the carrier's third north-south route after HCM City-Hanoi and Hanoi-Phu Quoc routes.

Also in the summer plan of Air Mekong is to launch new flights from Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku and other destinations in the Central Highlands and Central regions to Con Dao and Phu Quoc islands via a stopover in HCM City.

Air Mekong currently operates flights between Hanoi and Phu Quoc on weekends but will increase the number to 10 weekly services in summer from late next month, when a large number of tourists flock to the resort island off mainland Kien Giang in the Mekong Delta. The airline started to service this route in April last year.

It will have at least 50 extra flights to tourist attractions including Phu Quoc, Con Dao and the Central Highlands city of Da Lat during the upcoming public holidays on the last weekend of March, April 30 and May 1.

Air Mekong said it would reward female members of its Mekong Club an additional 25 percent of the usual mile points every time they fly with the carrier from tomorrow till March 31 on the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8. New female members of the frequent passengers programme will be given 500 points (equivalent to 500 miles) when they travel with the airline during the period.

The Mekong Club now has more than 1,000 members, with 48 percent of them being women. The club members will have options to redeem their points for seat class upgrade, vouchers for free transport of checked luggage, and products and services of other member companies of BIM Group.

DzTimes. net - March 8, 2012