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Tuesday 18 April 2023

Record number of airlines now using Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport now handles flights from 50 airlines, the highest number in its 103-year history.

The 50th airline, Vietjet, had its inaugural flight this week from Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietjet is the sixth new airline Sydney Airport has welcomed in the past 12 months. The others are Batik Air Indonesia, Bamboo Airways, Sri Lankan Airlines, Thai AirAsia X and T'way Air.

Vietjet will be offering three return services a week from Ho Chi Minh City a week on its A330-300 fleet.

Sydney Airport now has four airlines flying to Vietnam, a rapidly growing tourist market which attracted more than 317,000 Australian travellers in 2019.

“For the first time in our proud 103-year history, we have 50 airlines flying through Sydney Airport,” said Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert: 

“This is an incredible achievement when you consider air travel was almost non-existent through Covid.

“Attracting airline networks to rebuild capacity to Sydney is key to supporting the recovery of international tourism, business travel, student travel and the broader New South Wales economy.

“We're thrilled to welcome Vietjet to Sydney Airport, as the airline will be providing a further low-cost option to this sought-after and popular destination. "

Vietjet vice president Nguyen Thanh Son said: “Australia plays an important role in our business strategy. Connecting Sydney with Ho Chi Minh City demonstrates Vietjet's strong commitment to provide a new choice for Australians to explore Vietnam and other Asian destinations."

Image: Sydney Airport

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