The first Bangkok Airways flight from Thailand’s capital city Bangkok landed in resort Phu Quoc Island, the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, on October 29, carrying 63 passengers.
The direct flight takes about 1 hour 45 minutes to finish one way.
Bangkok Airways will offer four flights weekly on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, using the 70-seat twin-engine turboprop airliner ATR72-600.
The airline aims to bring international passengers to Phu Quoc from flights operated by its code-share partners, such as Air France, KLM and British Airways, with connecting flights at its Survarnabhumi base.
It launched the direct service to Vietnam’s Da Nang resort city last year.
The UK’s TUI Airways also plans to launch charter flights from the UK to Phu Quoc on November 1 while Neos of Italy schedules its first flight from Milan to Phu Quoc in December.
About 2.8 million visitors have come to Phu Quoc since the beginning of this year, bringing a revenue of nearly VND2.9 trillion (US$127.7 million) to the island.