Air Mekong, Vietnam's third private air carrier,
is scheduled to launch its first flights on October 10. "The Civil Aviation
Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) will finish its checks and appraisal to enable
Air Mekong's operation next month," the company stated in a press release.
"Air Mekong is scheduled to begin selling tickets from mid-September and to
launch its first flights on October 10 of this year," the company said.
The airline is scheduled to fly from Hanoi and HCM City to Da Nang, Nha Trang,
Da Lat and Phu Quoc. In addition, it has also asked permission to fly from HCM
City to Con Dao, Buon Me Thuot, Hai Phong and Vinh.
On August 15, the airline received delivery of four made-in-Canada Bombardier
CRJ 900 aircraft owned by Skywest Leasing Inc of the US. Each aircraft has 95
business and economy-class seats.
Air Mekong was established in 2009 by Ha Long Investment and Development
Company. It will be headquartered at Phu Quoc Airport. The other two private
carriers in Vietnam are Indochina Airlines and VietJet AirAsia.
The CAAV said there were a number of organisations and individuals planning to
launch airlines. To qualify, private operators must have a charter capital of at
least 500 billion VND (26.3 million USD) to fly internationally and 200 billion
VND (10.5 million USD) to launch domestic flights. Airlines must also meet
strict aviation and security standards.