Vietnam’s start-up airline Bamboo Airways is expected to launch direct flights to the Czech Republic within 2020.
“All parties are very interested in launching the line, wanting to open it as soon as possible,” Pham Huu Uyen told E15. Prague Airport director Václav Řehoř said an initial meeting with Bamboo Airways representatives took place in March but declined to provide details.
Although no further details have been provided, initial flights are more likely to link Prague to Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon), rather than to Vietnam’s capital Hanoi in the north, according to local reports.
“Our long-term goal is to connect Vietnam with key markets in Asia, Europe, and North America, and Dreamliners will allow us to open these long-haul routes,” FLC Group chairman Trinh Van Quyet, who became Vietnam’s second dollar billionaire last year.
The Czech Republic counts one of the biggest Vietnamese communities in Europe, with over 100.000 Vietnamese people currently residing in the country.
No details were given on frequency other than to say it would be served by a Boeing Dreamliner. Vietnam Airlines is the only Vietnamese carrier serving Europe.
Bamboo Airways said it plans to fly to the U.S. later this year or early 2020, according to a statement on its website. The carrier is considering routes to Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Bamboo Airways is owned by FLC Group, a company dedicated to property development, finance, and mining, among other activities and is headquartered at Quy Nhon.