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VietJet wins over more international travelers than state-run rival

Opening of new routes and the end of COVID restrictions spark popularity surge

VietJet Air, the LCC that gained notoriety for having its flight attendants wear bikinis, has become a post-COVID winner in Vietnam's aviation market, where low fares are king. (Courtesy of VietJet Air)

HANOI -- Low-cost carrier VietJet Air in the first seven months of the year carried 4.2 million international travelers, 6.6 times the number from the year-earlier period and more than those who flew with state-run Vietnam Airlines.

The privately owned budget airline chalked up the surge to the opening of new routes and the COVID-19 virus mutating into something manageable without social restrictions.

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