Myanmar to introduce non-landing sightseeing flight tours as Covid-19 cases surges in country

YANGON, Dec 19 (Xinhua): Myanmar has scheduled to launch non-landing sightseeing flight tours this weekend, the chairman of the Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association has announced.

“This is the first step to boost the domestic tourism industry amid Covid-19 and the flight tours are arranged to let passengers enjoy sightseeing with low flying,” said Naung Naung Han, chairman of the association.

The non-landing sightseeing flight tours, the very first of its kind in Myanmar, will be launched by state-owned Myanmar National Airlines on Dec 20.

The tours, which will last for one and a half hour, will fly from Yangon to Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda which is a Buddhist pilgrimage site of Mon state, to Hpa-an of Kayin state and will return to Yangon.

The passengers will be allowed to board the plane after they tested negative for Covid-19, but they do not need to be put in quarantine as Yangon is both the departing and arriving point of the tours, the chairman said.

Domestic travel was banned by the government in September and resumed on Dec 16 to ease the restrictions for the recovery of the industry.

Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 infections has risen to 114,198 in Myanmar as of Friday night, according to a release from the Health and Sports Ministry.

The country reported 1,116 new Covid-19 cases and 21 more deaths in the past 24 hours, the release said.

As of Friday, the death toll has reached 2,398 while 92,916 recovered patients have been discharged from hospitals.

Over 1.55 million samples have been tested for the disease since the virus was first detected in Myanmar on March 23 this year. – Xinhua

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