Local carrier FMI Air has begun a scheduled direct service from Yangon to Sittwe in Rakhine state.
The service will run five days a week from Monday to Friday, and one way ticket will be sold for $65 during the promotion period until September 11.
Mark Collins, chief operating officer of FMI Air, said, “There are many travellers to Rakhine – NGO staff and foreigners. Also many of our customers requested that we start this new route. We hope our clients will be satisfied with our service.”
This new route will be flown by a new CRJ-200 aircraft with a 50-seat passenger capacity. Flight time for the route is 45 minutes.
Sittwe joins FMI’s recently launched destinations Yangon, Naypyitaw and Mandalay. FMI Air plans to add Heho, Bagan and Thandwe routes as early as December 1.
The network will grow as the fleet expands, with a third aircraft scheduled to arrive in November, FMI Air said.
FMI Air also unveiled a new check-in customer experience at Yangon International Airport on August 16.
Mark Turner, FMI Air’s chief director of customer experience, said, “Our new check-in experience at Yangon Airport is part of a series of touch point initiatives designed to enhance the customer experience.”
Sulaiman Zainul Abidin, chief operating officer, Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited, which operates the airport, said that FMI Air will be offering an “upgraded check-in for its distinguished passengers, in line with premium on-board service.”
FMI Air began operations in September 2012 as FMI Air Charter Ltd, and ran flights from Yangon to Naypyitaw with chartered aircraft from local operators, primarily ATR 72-600.
Source: Myanmar Business Today