AirAsia celebrates inaugural flight from Ho Chi Minh City into Penang

BAYAN LEPAS, 25 JANUARY 2016

AirAsia celebrates inaugural flight from Ho Chi Minh City into Penang
(from left to right): Ooi Chok Yan, Chief Executive Officer of Penang Global Tourism; YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang; Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad; and Spencer Lee, Head of Commercial of AirAsia Berhad at the receiving ceremony of AirAsia inaugural flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Penang earlier this evening.
  • 4 times weekly direct flights between Penang and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Promotional all-in-fares available from as low as RM99* one-way in conjunction with this celebration

AirAsia welcomed its maiden flight from Ho Chi Minh City into Penang International Airport today, making it one of the first IndoChina cities to be connected directly to the state of Penang.

Guests arriving from Ho Chi Minh City were greeted by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang and Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad as part of the receiving ceremony held today at the airport.

AirAsia is offering celebratory promotional all-in-fares from RM99* one-way from Penang – Ho Chi Minh City in conjunction with the inaugural flight celebrations. The fares are available for booking on airasia.com from today until 7 February 2016, and valid for the travel period from 25 January – 24 November 2016.

Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad said, “We are very proud to receive our guests from Ho Chi Minh City into Penang today. AirAsia is the only airline to service this route, connecting Penangites and the northern community to the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam. This is our sixth international route from Penang and we look forward to strengthen this hub even further with better connectivity.”

“We have also recently added direct connectivity from Yangon, Myanmar into Penang which will begin in March and we hope that these routes will promote more travel and trade between both Asean cities,” she added.

YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang said, “Tourism continues to be a significant contributor towards Penang’s economic growth. For instance, Penang International Airport’s maximum capacity of 6.5 million passengers has achieved in 2015; five years ahead of the scheduled 2020. I am sure that Penang’s tourist arrivals will continue to see an upward trend with AirAsia’s introduction of direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City.”

Apart from Penang, AirAsia also flies direct to Ho Chi Minh City from Kuala Lumpur five-times daily and daily from Johor Bahru.

AirAsia also celebrated two other inaugural flight commencements recently, the first from Wuhan into Kota Kinabalu on 22 January and from Guangzhou into Langkawi yesterday, 24 January.

Vietnam offers travellers an opportunity to discover the country’s unchanged traditions that overlaps with long-time French colonial influence and its breathtaking coastline. A visit first to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as ‘Saigon’), is the perfect starting point for exploring southern Vietnam; the city that is bustling with a fury of sights and sounds. Much of the fun for being in the country’s centre of commerce is something that is best done from the seat of a roadside café with a cup of Vietnamese iced coffee, ‘Ca Phe Sua Da’ and then take a stroll to the city’s centre famous architectural marvels, the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral.

To appreciate the local culture, travellers can sample a myriad of fresh produce and food offerings from Ba Chieu Market, a local market off the beaten path for the famous baguette sandwich, ‘Banh Mi’ or some ‘Com Tam’, a ‘broken rice’ style dish topped with grilled meat; or go shopping for various types of quality fabric at affordable prices at the famed Ben Thanh Market. If you have an interest in history, visit The War Remnants museum or the famed Cu Chi tunnels for a glimpse into what life was during the war.

Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia).

Flight Schedule for Penang, Malaysia (PEN) – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (SGN)

Flight No From To Departure Arrival
Flight Frequency
AK 1502 PEN SGN 1220hrs 1305hrs
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
AK 1503 SGN PEN 1335hrs 1615hrs
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Note: All times depicted are local time at respective destinations.


*Promotional all-in fares quotes are for one-way travel only inclusive of taxes. Terms and conditions apply.