PG to serve three Myanmar cities
BANGKOK, 23 August 2013: Bangkok Airways will introduce a new service between Bangkok and Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw, 30 September.
Airline president, Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, said it was the airline’s priority to cover the three key cities of Myanmar this year.
The airline already serves Yangon with three daily flights from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport). Frequency will increase to four flights daily starting, 27 October this year.
A service to Mandalay will commence, 15 September, with four flights weekly. A Nay Pyi Taw service starts 30 September with just three flights weekly.
Mr Puttipong said: “We consider this to be a major milestone for us as not only will this make Bangkok Airways the first scheduled foreign airline to fly to Nay Pyi Taw, but it will also make us the only Thai full-service airline to serve all three main cities of Myanmar.”
He added: “We anticipate that the majority of our passengers on the direct Bangkok – Nay Pyi Taw flights will be businessmen and government officials. The other two routes will attract a mix of business and leisure travel.”
Bangkok Airways will offer three nonstop flights per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) – Nay Pyi Taw using a 70-seater ATR72 aircraft.
The outbound flight PG721 will depart Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) at 1700 and arrive Nay Pyi Taw Airport at 1900. The inbound flight PG722 will depart Nay Pyi Taw Airport at 1930 and arrive Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) at 2230.
Alll Bangkok Airways flights offer a convenient transit at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport for passengers from Korea, Japan and Europe to connect to Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay.
Low-cost airline, Thai AirAsia also is also planning a direct flight from Bangkok to Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw also in October.
The airline CEO, Tassapol Bijleveld, said the airline has filed for traffic rights from the Myanmar authorities to operate a nonstop flight from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport to Nay Pyi Taw.
“The flight should start in October ahead of the 27th SEA Games to be hosted by Myanmar in December,” he said.
Currently, AirAsia offers three daily flights between Bangkok and Yangon, and one daily flight between Bangkok and Mandalay. In addition to Thailand, the low-cost airline also connects Yangon to Kuala Lumpur via a daily flight.