Myanmar carriers opening more Thai routes

Two more privately owned Myanmar carriers – Shwe Myanmar Airlines and Air KBZ – will begin flying between Yangon and Chiang Mai, as demand for flights to the northern city in Thailand increase, executives from the airlines said.

They said a rising number of Myanmar nationals visiting the city was the driving demand, and that the numbers peaked during the annual Thingyan Festival, Myanmar’s New Year.

“The Yangon-Chiang Mai route will start operating on 23rd of this month and tickets are on sale s now,” a Shwe Myanmar Airlines executive said.

It will fly between the two cities three times a week – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – and the price of a one-way ticket will be US$59, the executive said.

Myat Thu, general manager of Air KBZ, did not disclose how many flights a week it would open on the new route, or the exact date on which they will start.

He said, however, that besides flights to Chiang Mai the carrier is opening a route between Yangon and Mae Sot, Thailand. “We are teaming up with Mann Yadanarpon Airlines to offer a Yangon-Chiang Mai route and a Yangon-MaeSot route. We will start operating by November,” Myat Thu said.

Currently, Air Bagan is the only Myanmar airline with a Yangon-Chiang Mai route. The route has two flights each way per week.


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