The new route operates one flight per day. Hanoi is the third city in Vietnam the RoK’s budget-carrier T’way Air has opened air routes to. This follows after a flight to HCM City in December 2015 was announced (with one flight per day to Seoul) and also a flight to Da Nang in July 2016 (with four flights per day to Seoul, Pusan and Daegu). RoK now ranks second in the list of foreign tourists to Vietnam. In the first ten 10 months of the year, Vietnam welcomed more than 2.8 million Korean visitors, up a significant 148.3% against the same period last year. The low-cost airline expressed hope that the new service will serve as a bridge to bring more Korean visitors to Vietnam whilst also allowing Vietnamese people to travel to major cities in the RoK easily. T’way Air also has ambitious plans to open new direct air routes from the RoK to NhaTrang and PhuQuoc in 2019. Between December 21 and 23, the airline will continue to launch direct air routes from Hanoi to Seoul and Busan. This is the first RoK’s airline to launch three new air routes from three cities in the RoK to Hanoi. There are now seven Korean airlines operating in Vietnam including Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Air Busan, Jin Air, Eastar Jet, and T’way Air.