The low-cost Jetstar Pacific Airlines will launch the first flight from Dong Hoi, the central province of Quang Binh, to Chiang Mai province, Thailand, on August 11, according to the provincial Tourism Department on August 7.

The service will operate two weekly flights on Monday and Friday, using Airbus A320 with 180 seats and lasting one hour and 40 minutes.

On July 20, Jetstar Pacific sold fares on the website www.jetstar.com and at ticket agents, costing at least 410,000 VND one-way, exclusive of taxes, fees and promotions.

Dang Dong Ha, Deputy Director of the provincial Tourism Department, said it is the first international flight in Dong Hoi and the only service of Vietnam to Chiang Mai.

According to him, Chiang Mai is the largest province in the north and the second largest tourism hub in Thailand with nearly 10 million visitors. It is also a transit to other ASEAN member states.

Quang Binh is well-known for the world natural heritage Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, limestone caves such as Phong Nha, Thien Duong, Son Doong, beautiful beaches and film studio of blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island”.

The province is expected to be a film studio of Hollywood blockbusters in the near future. It is also home to relic and cultural sites and the last resting place of legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap.

Once launched, the route is expected to fuel economic and tourism development of Quang Binh in particular, and the two countries in general.

VNA