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