Sydney Airport welcomes Bamboo Airways

Published on : Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Sydney Airport and Bamboo Airways have today announced a new, twice-weekly Sydney to Ho Chi Minh service in a move that will boost tourism and provide greater connectivity between the two most populous cities in Australia and Vietnam.

The agreement represents the first new international airline to commence services to Sydney Airport following the re-opening of international borders and will bolster the airport’s network of more than 30 destinations in Asia.

The new service capitalises on a fast-growing market and what was one of Asia’s most popular tourism destinations prior to the pandemic and will grow to a four-weekly service by the end of 2022, subject to demand.

Geoff Culbert, CEO Sydney Airport, said: “Hot on the heels of Australia’s borders re-opening it’s terrific to be announcing a new airline partner in Bamboo Airways.

“Vietnam is an incredibly popular destination for Australian leisure travellers and with a big Vietnamese diaspora in Sydney it makes sense to build greater connectivity between our two cities.

“There is so much to love about Vietnam, and with this service increasing tourism capacity by more than 60,000 seats every year, I know many travel-starved Australians will be keen to get out and see one of the most exciting destinations in Asia.”

Dang Tat Thang, CEO Bamboo Airways, expressed his delight: “We are thrilled to be the first new international airline at Sydney Airport soon after Australia lifted international travel restrictions.

“Bamboo Airways expects to provide a world-class flight experience to Australian travelers as well as the large Vietnam diaspora in Sydney, thus fulfilling the considerably increasing market demands in the post-pandemic period.

“With the valuable support of Australia’s busiest airport and the NSW Government, we are committed to making the new regular nonstop Sydney – Ho Chi Minh City service a great success for both sides and look forward to further development in our partnership.”

Bamboo’s arrival into Sydney was supported by the NSW Government’s Aviation Attraction Fund and is the first new international service to be confirmed since the fund was announced in October 2021.

Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Minister for Tourism and Sport and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said NSW was a key destination for Bamboo Airways, with more than 123,000 Vietnamese visitors arriving in Australia in 2019.

“NSW has the highest percentage of Vietnamese-born population in Australia and with the reopening our international border we can once again look forward to welcoming the family and friends of our sixth largest migrant community,” Mr Ayres said.

“Our airports are the gateway to our state, so supporting the return of airlines to them through the Aviation Attraction Fund is key to our recovery roadmap and achieving our goal of making NSW the premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific.”

Today’s announcement was marked by a ceremony at Sydney Airport, where representatives from the airline and Sydney Airport signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on opportunities to drive increased tourism, economic growth, and opportunities for cultural exchange between Sydney and Ho Chi Minh City.

The service will operate on next-generation Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners configured with 26 business class seats, 21 premium economy seats and 247 economy seats.

Source: Sydney Airport

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