Regional carriers look to Myanmar market expansion

Asian regional carriers—including Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and AirAsia—are looking to expand operations into Myanmar following the opening up of international visa access at the end of 2016.

Myanmar will operate a full visa on arrival scheme from December 2016 across all Association of South East Asian Nations member countries.

Since the announcement, AirAsia andThai AirAsia have said they will move their 50-plus weekly services to the newly upgraded Terminal 1 at Yangon International Airport to take advantage of a new $660 million upgrade designed to handle more than 2.5 million passengers a year.

Additionally, Thai low-cost carrier Nok Air has recently trialed services from Mae Sot in northern Thailand to Mawlamyine in Myanmar using turboprop aircraft on 2X-daily service. Also, Bangkok Airways has applied to the Myanmar Department of Civil Aviation for access rights to Tier 2 Myanmar airports such as Nyaung-u, Pagan and Myeik, with a proposed start date in 4Q 2016.

MAI also said it is looking to boost its Singapore-Yangon flight schedule from 10X-weekly to 14X-weekly departures from December 2016.

Source: ATW


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