Myanmar Airways International said Thursday it will launch regular flights between Kansai International Airport in Osaka and Yangon in the fall.
The new route is expected to capture potential demand in western Japan amid a growing number of Japanese companies opening businesses in the Southeast Asian country.
The airline said the new flight services will mark the second regular flight linking Japan and Myanmar following one launched by All Nippon Airways Co. between Narita International Airport near Tokyo and Yangon.
The Myanmar airline is planning three flights a week.
Khin Maung Latt, chairman of Myanmar Airways, said at a press conference in Osaka City that the airline has been preparing for the launch of the flights for a year and a half, and aims to set the airfare at the same level as or cheaper than that of ANA.
The chairman also expressed a desire to eventually link services from Myanmar with Tokyo’s Haneda airport as well as Fukuoka airport in southwestern Japan.
According to an official of New Kansai International Airport Co., the Kansai airport’s operator, about 15 percent of international flights at Kansai airport covered Southeast Asian routes.
The airport is also eyeing flights connecting Cambodia, Laos and Brunei, said the official, who attended the news conference.
Source: Global Post