Jun 26, 2012

All Nippon Airways to resume direct flight to Yangon in September

A major Japanese airline -- All Nippon Airways -- is making preparation to resume direct flights between Tokyo and Yangon in September for the first time in 12 years, local media reported Monday.
Using Boeing 737 ER, the airline will operate Narita-Yangon- Narita three times a week, the Myanmar Posts said, adding that charter flight of Tokyo-Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw-Yangon-Hanoi-Tokyo will also be launched by using Boeing 767.
From 1996 to 2000, the airline operated direct flight between Osaka and Yangon three times a week.
As there is increased interest of Japanese businessmen and market researchers in Myanmar following the country's landmark by- elections on April 1 with gradual easing of foreign sanctions, the airline was trying to resume direct flights as soon as possible, according to an earlier report.
For the past 12 years, Japanese visitors had to travel to Myanmar via Bangkok or Singapore when the airline suspended its Yangon flight.
Following the recent opening of a representative office of Japan's second largest bank Mizuho Corporate Bank in Myanmar aimed at boosting foreign investment, there is also arrangement of the opening of a big shopping center by the Lawson Inc. of Japan.
At present, besides the Myanmar Airways International (MAI) flying internationally as Myanmar's national flag carrier, there are also 13 foreign airlines flying Yangon which comprise Air China, China Southern Airline, China Eastern Airlines, Thai Airways International, Indian Airlines, Air Asia, Taiwan region's China airlines, Silk Air, Malaysian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Jetstar Asia, Thai Air Asia and Vietnam Airlines.

Source: Xinhua