Aug 15, 2012

Thai Air Asia to launch Mandalay-Bangkok direct flight

Thai Air Asia will launch direct flight between Mandalay and Bangkok on Oct. 4 to facilitate air transport between Myanmar's second largest city and the Thai capital, local media reported Monday.

Using 189-seated A320 aircraft, the airline will operate the flight four times a week, said the 7-Days News.

The airline will also extend flights to Nay Pyi Taw and Bagan in addition to its current flights to Yangon which will increase to three flights daily.

Mandalay International Airport has the capacity to handle up to three million passengers a year.

In the same month, Myanmar Airways International (MAI) is also expected to begin flight from Mandalay to Bangkok and Gaya of India three days a week.

Meanwhile, five other new international airlines have been granted to extend flight to Myanmar in October. They are Taiwan region's EVA Air, South Korea's KAL, Japan's All Nippon Airline ( ANA), China's Hong Kong-based Dragon Airline and Qatar Airways.

Besides the 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.

Most of the tourists arrived Myanmar through Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports as well as through Muse and Tachileik border points by road.

Source: ASEAN-China Centre