Regional carriers look to Myanmar market expansion

Asian regional carriers—including Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and AirAsia—are looking to expand operations into Myanmar following the opening up of international visa access at the end of 2016. Myanmar will operate a full visa on arrival scheme from December 2016 across all Association of South East Asian Nations member countries. Since […]

Barriers to Bagan flights for Thai firm

Bangkok Airways is exploring adding Bagan and Myeik to its list of Myanmar destinations. But the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) says there are no immediate plans to open up more airports to Thai firms, a move that would likely anger local airlines. The Thai carrier is conducting a feasibility study into establishing routes from Chiang Mai […]

Bangkok Airways eyes 3 routes in Myanmar and Vietnam

Bangkok Airways has set its sights on covering two additional Myanmar cities and a second Vietnamese destination as part of a regional expansion. Bangkok Airways hopes to secure regulatory approval from Myanmar civil aviation authorities for the two routes, a process that may take up to eight months. But the carrier is not in a […]

Thai Lion Air bound at last for Yangon

Thai Lion Air’s B737-900ER. The no-frills carrier has received permission from Myanmar to start flights to Yangon. (Thai Lion Air photo) After some hiccups, Thai Lion Air (TLA) has finally been given the nod from Myanmar to launch a regular service from Bangkok to Yangon. TLA’s foray into Myanmar will intensify competition on the route, […]

Emirates to launch Yangon and Hanoi flights

Emirates will launch a daily service from Dubai to Yangon and Hanoi starting August 3, 2016. Utilising a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration, this new route will strengthen Emirates’ network of destinations in Southeast Asia, offer a new flight option to passengers travelling between Hanoi and Yangon, and open up new connections for […]

Thai Investors Lured to Open Airline, Hotel Projects in Myanmar, Cambodia

Thai investors are being encouraged to open airline and hotel projects to support tourist industry in Myanmar and Cambodia, said Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Korbkarn Watanawrangkura. Myanmar and Cambodia have launched promotional campaigns in competition with Thailand to draw more visitors than ever from around the globe. But large-scale investment projects, especially in airline […]

Thai tourism firms urged to look into Myanmar and Cambodia

Thai tourism and hospitality businesses are being urged to tap into Myanmar and Cambodia to cash in on growing tourism in the two neighbouring countries. Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said Myanmar and Cambodia were in dire need of tourism-related investment and hospitality knowledge from Thailand to upgrade their tourism destinations. Cambodia’s tourism minister […]

Emirates expands eastwards with Bangkok Airways codeshare deal

Dubai airline Emirates has signed a codeshare agreement with Thailand-based Bangkok Airways, significantly expanding its network in Southeast Asia. The new deal will see Emirates add its code to 19 Bangkok Airways routes across Southeast Asian cities. It will also add 14 more cities to the Dubai-owned carrier’s network, allowing it to connect passengers to […]

Thailand, Myanmar kick start Mega Joint Familiarisation Trip

Bangkok, 18 May, 2015 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar together with Bangkok Airways have announced the launch of the Mega Joint Familiarisation Trip between Thailand and Myanmar” project with an objective of promoting tourism products and services in Thailand and Myanmar to long-haul European and […]

Upgrades needed if Nay Pyi Taw is to develop as a tourism destination

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has announced a number of moves designed to promote Nay Pyi Taw as a tourist destination, but industry insiders say there is a ways to go before the capital attracting many holidaymakers. Initiatives are targeted at promoting the capital as a destination for MICE – Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and […]