Highway bus firms count on open season

“Companies on the Nay Pyi Taw-Yangon bus lines struggle, taking on passengers though running at a loss,” he said yesterday.

“Our business faces a loss for six months, and generates a profit for the other six months,” said U Myat Moe from Kyel Zin Hein highway bus company.

“In rainy season we lose the profits we garnered in open season.”

Renting a shop at the bus stations costs about K700,000 per month, a high price particularly for smaller firms, according to U Win Swe.

“Many can’t afford the cost. Only the financially strong bus lines come,” he said.

“Many have been forced to change their destinations.”

While Nay Pyi Taw is a tough market for the companies that travel there, all the competition is good for consumers. U Kyaw Kyaw Lwin travels weekly between Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon, and said he noticed that the lines have improved significantly in the past four or five years.

“Now we can choose the bus that we want, and can go when we want to go,” he said.

Source: Myanmar Times

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