Thailand’s Bangkok Airways will make it easier for travellers from the country to get to the Myanmar Yangon hotel of their choice, as the airline will soon start direct flights between Yangon and Phuket.
The news was revealed by the Bangkok Airways Vice President of Sales, VarongIsrasena, who says that the direct flight line will be in operation a month ago. This development comes in hot on the heels of Myanmar National Airlines new direct flight routes between the two cities, which began operations on April of 2018.
He says that Bangkok Airways, like MNA, see a lot of potential in this route, and are also expecting an increase in traffic along said route. A lot of Thailand’s major companies have been setting up shop in Myanmar, and even the country’s local companies have been increasing, so there’s an expected increase in business travellers between Thailand and Myanmar, Varong says.
He points to the country’s impressive GDP growth in recent years, which he and Bangkok Airways sees as a sign of the country’s potential. He adds that they’re expecting the country’s job to increase, and for people from the country to head for Thailand. He adds that the potential of the country is visible, not just to any self-respecting Myanmar Yangon hotel, but also to the airline company.
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism had also had discussions with the airline about direct flights between Cambodia’s Angkor and the historical site of Bagan, but the Department of Civil Aviation disapproved, not allowing such a flight route to stop over in Thailand’s capital.
The new direct flight route between Myanmar and Bangkok are part of Bangkok Airways cooperation with the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau to promote business travel from what they have designated as the “CLMV” countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) to five major cities in Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, KhonHaen, Pattaya and Phuket.
The campaign started on April of 2018, and is set to continue until September of 2019. The campaign is part of a promotion involving companies and organisations from the “CMLV” countries, with 50 delegates operating alongside Bangkok Airways.