Viet Jet to Launch Jakarta to Ho Chi Minh City Route, Sans Biki­nis

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Viet­nam’s bud­get air­line Viet Jet is set to launch a route con­nect­ing Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City from De­cem­ber after gain­ing ap­proval from the In­done­sian gov­ern­ment.

“We’re fi­nal­iz­ing the plan, it could change if there’s some­thing in the way,” Trans­port Min­is­ter Budi Karya Su­madi said Tues­day, Au­gust 21, as re­ported by Tempo.

Viet Jet is well known for its bikini- clad flight at­ten­dants, which could pose a prob­lem in con­ser­va­tive In­done­sia. But Su­madi has taken this up with the air­line. "I've told them that this is a Mus­lim­ma­jor­ity coun­try. We have to re­spect each other and I asked them to wear de­cent dresses," he said.

The In­done­sian Am­bas­sador to Viet­nam Ibnu Hadi weighed in to help al­lay con­cerns, telling Liputan 6 the biki­nis were a one- off mar­ket­ing ploy to launch a route to re­sort town Nha Trang.

“This re­flects our com­mit­ment to strength­en­ing tourism and busi­ness ties be­tween Viet­nam and var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions, in­clud­ing Jakarta,” Viet Jet Vice Pres­i­dent Dinh Viet Phoung said.

The an­nounce­ment is part of an ex­pan­sion through­out the re­gion for the boom­ing bud­get line. Viet Jet al­ready boasts 23 do­mes­tic and ten in­ter­na­tional routes.


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