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Chinese airlines moving to myanmar

More Chinese airlines are moving to Myanmar, with more planes flying to new destinations since the end of last year, according to Yangon International Airport.

On Tuesday, China Eastern Airlines launched a direct Shanghai-Yangon flight using Airbus 320 aircraft. The route offers flights from Yangon International Airport three times a week.

It is China Eastern Airlines’ ninth route connecting China and Myanmar, making it the airline with the most flights between the two countries, and it expects to transport around 360,000 passengers on those flights in 2019, the airline said.

China began wooing Myanmar travellers after the country relaxed visa requirements for Japanese, South Korean and Chinese tourists last September. Since then, China has increased the number of flights to Myanmar, and tourism between the two countries has expanded.

‘’More Chinese guys are coming to Myanmar. Now you can see daily Chinese flights at Yangon Airport,’’ said U Kyaw Zayyar, a tourist guide.

At the end of last year, Chinese airlines 9Air, Sichuan Airlines, China Eastern, Hainan, increased their flights from Yangon and Mandalay to Wuhan, Sichuan, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chengdu, and other Chinese cities. Now there are about 10 Chinese airlines operating at Yangon Airport.

More than 3.5 million tourists visited Myanmar in 2018, 40 percent of whom came from China. Some 650,000 Chinese visitors arrived in the first four months of 2019, an increase of 30pc from the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Source: Myanmar Times

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