Monday, September 20, 2010

Air Bagan plans Yangon-Phuket route

Yangon - Air Bagan will launch twice-a-week flights between Yangon and Thailand's Phuket beach resort in December as part of its expansion plans, media reports said Sunday.

Air Bagan, owned by Myanmar tycoon and alleged military crony Tay Za, already operates a flight between Yangon and Chiang Mai, Thailand's main northern tourist attraction.

The privately run airline also plans to open new routes to Bangkok; Siem Reap, Cambodia; Kunming, China; Kuala Lumpur and Singapore 'in the near future,' the Myanmar Times reported, citing airline officials.

'We are planning to begin the Phuket route in the first week of December,' Sao Thanda Noi, Air Bagan's sales and marketing manager, told the paper. 'There will be scheduled flights twice a week, every Monday and Friday.'

The route will use a Fokker aircraft with a capacity for 100 passengers.

Air Bagan also announced that it would increase the frequency from two to three flights a week on its Yangon-Chiang Mai route beginning in November.

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