Jun 24, 2012

Myanmar int'l airline to extend wing to more destinations

The Myanmar Airways International ( MAI) will extend its flight services from Yangon to Vientiane, Hong Kong and Seoul later this year, a local media reported Monday.

Reinforced by more airbuses, MAI is expected to start operating flight to Vientiane in October while that to China's Hong Kong and South Korea's Seoul will be by the year-end, said the Myanmar Times.

Meanwhile, the airline will also increase flight frequency with the present routes to Singapore, Gaya of India and Guangzhou of China.

An extra flight a week to Singapore will be added on Oct. 1 while flights to Gaya and Siem Reap of Cambodia, which were suspended, will be resumed in October for winter schedule, the report said.

The airline will increase Yangon-Gaya route from two to three flights a week, the report added.

MAI is now known as a joint venture of the state-owned Myanmar Airways and the private Royal Myanmar Transport Co., which was transformed from that with a Singapore-based company -- Jester Asia in 1993. The share of the Jester Asia was taken up by the Royal Myanmar Transport Co.

Besides the MAI flying internationally as Myanmar's national flag carrier, there are also 13 foreign airlines flying Yangon, including Air China, China Southern Airline, China Eastern Airlines, Thai Airways International, Indian Airlines, Air Asia, Taiwan's China airlines, Silk Air, Malaysian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Jetstar Asia, Thai Air Asia and Vietnam Airlines.

Source: Xinhua