Korean Air to fly to Yangon

June 27, 2012 by  
Filed under ASEAN AFFAIRS, Aviation, Myanmar, News

SEOUL, 27 June 2012: Korean Air says it will launch a nonstop service from Seoul to Yangon, 13 September, according to a report in the Korean Times yesterday.

The flagship carrier will operate the service four times weekly using a 138-seat Boeing 737-800 with a flight time of six hours. It can take up to 10 hours to travel to Yangon from Seoul via connecting services in Bangkok.

There are no nonstop scheduled services between the two countries, but there have been some ad hoc charter flights. The two governments gave permission for two Korean carriers to operate services to Myanmar in 2006.

Many South Korean businessmen are exploring business opportunities in Myanmar to take advantage of its low labour costs and the proximity of substantial consumer markets in Southeast Asia (ASEAN).

In 2011, Myanmar received 22,524 Korean visitors, up 18.99% on travel in 2010.

In Yangon, The Voice, a weekly Burmese language newspaper said Yangon Airways was planning to add six domestic destinations this year: Dawei, Mergui, Kawthoung, Kentung, Thantwe and Sittwe.



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