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Vietnam's Bamboo Airways banks on golf resorts for success

Updated : May 16, 2019 04:04 PM IST

As Vietnam's aviation sector booms and passenger numbers rise at double-digit rates, local upstart Bamboo Airways is embracing what it hopes will be a novel way of standing out in a crowded market: Golf.

Competition among airlines in Vietnam has intensified since Bamboo launched in January. Malaysia's AirAsia Group recently cancelled its foray into the Vietnamese market, and increased traffic has placed strain on Vietnam's ageing infrastructure.

But Bamboo chief executive Trinh Van Quyet is confident he can fend off budget carrier VietJet and state-owned Vietnam Airlines by using the airline to connect his golf resorts to cities in Vietnam and northeast Asia.

FLC and Bamboo Airways chairman Trinh Van Quyet is seen after he swings at FLC golf course in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. REUTERS/Kham/Files
FLC and Bamboo Airways chairman Trinh Van Quyet is seen after he swings at FLC golf course in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. REUTERS/Kham/Files
Crew members of Bamboo Airways stand near an aircraft after a flight at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi. REUTERS/Kham/Files
Crew members of Bamboo Airways stand near an aircraft after a flight at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi. REUTERS/Kham/Files
An attendee of Bamboo Airways leaves an aircraft upon its arrival at Noi Bai airport. REUTERS/Kham/Files
An attendee of Bamboo Airways leaves an aircraft upon its arrival at Noi Bai airport. REUTERS/Kham/Files
An attendee of Bamboo Airways says thanks to its passengers onboard during its flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. REUTERS/Kham/Files
An attendee of Bamboo Airways says thanks to its passengers onboard during its flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. REUTERS/Kham/Files
An aircraft of Bamboo Airways is seen through the window of another Bamboo Airways aircraft at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City. REUTERS/Kham/Files
An aircraft of Bamboo Airways is seen through the window of another Bamboo Airways aircraft at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City. REUTERS/Kham/Files
A set of lunch for business class of Bamboo Airways is seen onboard during its flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. REUTERS/Kham/Files
A set of lunch for business class of Bamboo Airways is seen onboard during its flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. REUTERS/Kham/Files
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