Air Asia eyes flights to Ba­gan with tourism in­creases

The Myanmar Times - - Business - EI EI THU eiei­thu@mm­times.com

AIR Asia says it’s ey­ing a restart of flights to Nay Pyi Taw from Bangkok and has plans to soon fly to Ba­gan from the Thai cap­i­tal as Myan­mar be­comes a more at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion for tourists, a se­nior of­fi­cial at the bud­get air­line said last week.

“We will look to restart Nay Pyi Taw and one day will fly di­rect to Ba­gan, as well as in­creas­ing the flight num­bers and sched­ule to Man­dalay in the near fu­ture,” said Tony Fer­nan­des, the group cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Air Asia, speak­ing to press near Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Septem­ber 15.

Mr Fer­nan­des did not give an ex­act date as to when the flights would be­gin, but said it was only a mat­ter of time given the tourism po­ten­tial of the coun­try.

“Myan­mar is an amaz­ing coun­try that has snow at the north, sea and jun­gle at the south,” he said. “That is a rea­son that we hope to in­crease the ca­pac­ity a lot to Myan­mar.”

The Depart­ment of Civil Avi­a­tion is up­grad­ing many of the smaller do­mes­tic air­ports around the coun­try in an­tic­i­pa­tion of be­ing able to in­crease ca­pac­ity and al­low for in­ter­na­tional car­ri­ers.

“It will ben­e­fit lo­cal peo­ple be­cause more tourists will come and visit to Ba­gan,” said U Phyo Wai Yarzar, for­mer chair of the Myan­mar Tourism Mar­ket­ing Com­mit­tee.

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