Gatwick Airport announces new Hanoi route, operated by Bamboo Airways

Gatwick Airport has announced the addition of a new Hanoi route this autumn, operated by Bamboo Airways allowing passengers across London and the South-East to fly to the Vietnamese capital city.

From Hanoi, passengers will also be able to connect onwards with Bamboo Airways to destinations across Vietnam, as well as Australia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Taipei.

Bamboo is one of several new airlines introduced to Gatwick in recent months. Passengers travelling on Bamboo’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will have three classes of travel to choose from, including premium economy and business class flatbeds.

The service will initially fly once per week from 29 October, and Gatwick passengers will now be able to book direct flights to six destinations across Asia, including Dubai (Emirates), Bangkok and Singapore (Scoot), Doha (Qatar Airways and British Airways) and Islamabad (British Airways).

Jonathan Pollard, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport said: ‘The arrival of Bamboo Airways at Gatwick provides a very welcome addition to our operation.

‘In the past 10 months, we have been able to significantly grow our connections across North America, so to also be able to continue to expand our routes across Asia is fantastic news for both leisure travellers and business passengers throughout London and the South-East.

‘Vietnam is a wonderful country, offering a wealth of beautiful sights including stunning beaches, national parks, temples and vibrant streets and night markets, so we are delighted Gatwick passengers can now connect to its capital city and beyond so easily, via Bamboo’s excellent network.’

Hoang Ngoc Thach, Deputy Chief Commercial Officer, Bamboo Airways said: ‘The nonstop Hanoi – Gatwick route is Bamboo Airways’ next effort in serving UK market in particular and Europe in general. We hope the sense of hospitality and international 5-star oriented services bearing Vietnam footprint of Bamboo Airways will win European passengers’ hearts as well as Vietnamese diaspora in the UK.’

The new service to Hanoi means passengers can now travel to 40 long-haul destinations from Gatwick, across the USA, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.

Thomson and First Choice introduce Vietnam to winter 2017 schedule, add more long-haul destinations

Thomson and First Choice have recently announced the introduction of Vietnam to their winter 2017 programme.

Further, the holiday company Thomson said that the Caribbean islands of St Lucia and Cayo Santa Maria in Cuba – destinations that were introduced to its summer 2017 programme earlier – will also be extended into the winter season. The move comes as the company seeks to build on the 350 percent increase in long haul holidays over the past 10 years.

The island of Phu Quoc is the latest long-haul destination to be added to Thomson and First Choice’s offering. Located off the coast of Vietnam with white-sandy beaches, Phu Quoc is popular for relaxing, and features dense tropical jungle and reefs. With a choice of tour and stay options, Phu Quoc is an option for travellers looking to stay and explore spots like Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as a trip along the Mekong River to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

The first direct flights to Phu Quoc International Airport from the UK will operate on Thomson Airways’ 787 Dreamliners and will depart from London Gatwick every Wednesday, taking 12 hours to reach the destination.

In addition, as a reported first ever for the UK travel industry, Thomson is introducing multi-centre holidays via its website, enabling customers to plan and book their multi-trip holiday online without having to wait for a confirmation of the itinerary. Costa Rica, Cuba, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Goa are the first destinations available for booking on a dedicated tab on Thomson’s website, which is expected to go live mid-late November.

Mark Hall, Director of Product for Thomson and First Choice, said, ‘Our focus for winter 2017 remains on the growth of our long-haul programme using our fantastic 787 Dreamliner and Vietnam’s Phu Quoc island is a fantastic addition. We are also thrilled to announce the extension of St Lucia and Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba into our winter programme, along with an array of new city breaks and long haul destinations. Our multi-centre holiday offering is an exciting venture and another important part of our continued commitment to offering customers more choice and flexibility seizing the opportunity to deliver what customers are demanding.’

The programme for winter 2017 will be on sale from mid-late November, Thomson said.