Bhutan gains Myanmar air rights


THIMPHU, BHUTAN, 31 May 2016: With the revision of the air services agreement between Bhutan and Myanmar, airlines registered in Bhutan can  enjoy full traffic rights including the right to fly beyond Myanmar (fifth freedom).

Kuensel, Bhutan’s English national newspaper, reported the two countries signed the agreement in Thimphu last week.

The designated Bhutanese airlines will be able to fly to Yangon, or Mandalay, and then to Thailand, Singapore or Malaysia by exercising the fifth freedom rights written into the agreement.

inside no 4They will still need to secure approvals from the third countries and that will largely depend on the scope of the agreements negotiated with those countries.

Bhutan can now go ahead and designate Tashi Air as the second airline serving international routes .

The first air services agreement between the two countries was signed in August 2002.

Expanding route network and increasing flight frequencies, particularly with fifth freedom traffic rights, were some of the options Bhutan has been exploring for a long time.

The designated airlines will have the right to operate passenger and cargo services with unrestricted capacity, frequency and aircraft type to and from all points in Myanmar other than Yangon and up to a total of five services each way per week to and from Yangon.

The designated Bhutanese airline will have the right to exercise fifth freedom traffic rights, in each direction on the routes specified.

Designated airlines can operate two frequencies per week using any aircraft type on the Mandalay-Gaya, Yangon-Bangkok and Yangon-Singapore and Yangon-Kuala Lumpur sectors, the report said.