Myanmar Airways International starts flights to Hangzhou

Myanmar Airways International (MAI) has launched flights to Hangzhou, China as part of its network expansion, according to the Yangon Aerodrome Company, which operates Yangon International Airport (YIA).

MAI will fly to Hangzhou from both Mandalay and Yangon. The inaugural flight between Mandalay and Hangzhou commenced on July 17 while the Yangon – Hangzhou flight started July 19.

MAI will operate direct flights between Yangon and Hangzhou using an A319 Aircraft. The carrier offers flights from YIA every Friday. Hangzhou is the second city in China after Guangzhou to which MAI is flying from Myanmar.

Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, is located along Southeast coast of China and is a key tourist destination.

With the introduction of the two new routes, MAI expects to play a role in expanding tourism and trade between both countries as travel demand continues to grow between Myanmar and China, the airline said.

“China will be a key market to us in 2019 as we tap into the ever-growing Chinese outbound market,” said U Kyaw Han, chief operating officer at MAI.

MAI operates six routes from its hub in Yangon and Mandalay, serving Bangkok, Singapore, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Kolkata with a fleet of three A319s, commanding a 5 percent share of the international seat capacity in Myanmar.

The airline plans to double its fleet by the end of this year.

Since Myanmar relaxed visa requirements for Chinese travelers to the country last year, China has also increased the number of flights to Myanmar and tourism between the two countries has expanded.

There are now direct flights from Myanmar to 11 Chinese cities, including Wuhan, Xichuan, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chengdu as well as Shenzhen.

Source: Myanmar Times

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