Myanmar launches no-land sightseeing flights to boost tourism

Myanmar’s first non-landing sightseeing flight tour to Kyaik Htee Yo and Zwekabin Taung, operated by Myanmar National Airlines, was successfully conducted yesterday (December 20). The flights flew at a height of 5,000ft for the Kyaik Htee Yoe tour and at 3,000ft for the Zwekabin tour.

The tours were conducted as part of a pilot project by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and tour operators in Myanmar in efforts to revive interest in domestic tourism. Efforts to expand flight and cruise tours will continue depending on the public’s response and interest, said U Naing Win, a director at the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism.

U Naung Naung Han, chair of Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association, said the tours were launched in line with COVID-19 health guidelines and meant to provide locals with some reprieve from the stress of the pandemic. Each chartered flight for the non-landing tour is 30 minutes to an hour. Other destinations are being arranged.
Some private Mandalay-based airlines have made preparations to conduct 30-minute non-landing sightseeing flights to Bagan and Inle soon, he added.

Air tickets are available at K90,000 for window seats and K60,000 for aisle seats. A 72-seater plane will carry only over 50 pax to abide by COVID-19 prevention rules. Passengers will need to furnish a COVID-19-free certificate and follow the health guidelines throughout each flight.

In addition to sightseeing air tours, Yangon river cruises have also been arranged. The tours are being launched as part of efforts to revive the local tourism industry, which has collapsed due to
commercial flight restrictions.- Translated

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Source: Myanmar Times

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