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  • Nat Frogley


National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines is set to launch direct flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Manila from 17 June, making it the first Vietnamese airline to open direct flights to the capital of Philippines. 

The Hanoi – Manila route will operate thrice-weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Meanwhile, the Ho Chi Minh City – Manila route will fly four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Both routes will be served by Airbus A321s offering Economy and Business class cabins. 

The new routes mark a milestone in Vietnam Airlines’ international flight network development strategy as they connect Manila, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City – three leading economic hubs of Southeast Asia. The opening of direct routes to Manila will also help promote economic, cultural and tourism exchanges between Vietnam and the Philippines as well as in the Southeast Asia region. 

Vietnam Airlines offers the UK’s only nonstop flights to Vietnam, operating from Heathrow Terminal 4, with onward connections via Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to multiple destinations throughout Vietnam, Asia, and Australasia, including India, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia and the Philippines. 

Return economy fares from London Heathrow to Manila start from GBP677 per person, including taxes/surcharges. Tickets are now available on Vietnam Airlines' website, mobile app, and official ticket offices and agents nationwide. For further information and reservations visit

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About Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Airlines, a member of Skyteam Alliance, is the flag carrier of Vietnam, connecting the world’s most thriving destinations, domestically , regionally and globally, operating 100 routes to 21 domestic and 29 international destinations. Vietnam Airlines boasts one of the youngest and most modern fleets in Asia, highlighted by their Boeing 787-9, 787-10 Dreamliners, Airbus A350-900 XWBs and Airbus A321neo. 

Vietnam Airlines ( is the only airline operating nonstop services between London Heathrow to both Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City. Flights are operated by the latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner featuring Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class cabins offering impeccable levels of comfort and service throughout every journey. 

The airline takes great pride enhancing connectivity between the UK, European and Vietnamese markets, boosting the commercial ties and economic recovery post pandemic. In 2019, the UK was ranked as Vietnam Airlines’ top 10 largest source of international visitors to Vietnam. 

The carrier is recognised as one of the region’s finest airlines thanks to its modern fleet and its commitment towards innovation and development — earning it international acclaim as validated by numerous prestigious awards such as 4-Star Airline Rating and World's Top 100 Airlines by Skytrax - the international air transport rating organisation; Asia's Leading Airline Brand, Asia's Leading Airline - Economy Class/Premium Economy Class and World's Leading Cultural Airline by World Travel Awards. These achievements stand as a testament to the airline’s quality across a range of products and services.

Vietnam Airlines has spearheaded Vietnam’s aviation market – one of the fastest-growing domestic markets in the world – throughout 30 years of development. Fuelled by a vibrant domestic market and rapidly growing international traffic, Vietnam Airlines is well on the way to establishing itself as major force in Asia.


For further press information please contact:  

Dara Soeharto (, Leanne Barton (, Nat Frogley ( or Flora Gandolfo ( at Frog & Wolf PR. 

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