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, […]

Myanmar’s airlines face pressure at home and abroad

Underfinanced and often unprofitable, Myanmar’s airlines are in a fight for survival as competition heats up from rivals inside and outside the country. The sector has several factors in its favour – Myanmar is enjoying strong economic growth, fuel prices are low and the number of foreign tourists is rising. But by and large the […]

Bangkok Airway to Begin Mandalay Service

Bangkok Airways will become the fourth Thai airline to fly from Bangkok to Mandalay this month, launching the new route from the Thai capital to Burma’s second-biggest city on Sept. 15. The privately owned Thai carrier will service the route with Airbus A319 aircraft four times weekly—on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday—according to reports by […]

Airlines Scramble to Land in Myanmar, but Visas Still up in the Air

BANGKOK — Foreign airline companies big and small are falling over one another in a battle for landing rights in Myanmar to tap into Southeast Asia’s new and rapidly rising tourist destination. Myanmar may still be a long way behind its neighbor Thailand in visitor numbers, but since President U Thein Sein began opening up […]