Summer 2016 sees the addition of many new frequencies from and to GMS destinations as the region becomes increasingly popular not only for leisure travellers but also for business visitors. Two dozens of new routes are due to be launched until September, including some long-haul flights.
Among the most exciting additions are Tokyo Narita-Phnom Penh by All Nippon Airways, a decade-long wish from Cambodian tourism authorities to have a non-stop connection to Japan-. Emirates Airlines is launching non-stop flights from Dubai to Yangon with continuation to Hanoi while Turkish Airlines will also link Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Istanbul. Both carriers offer hundreds of onward connections to the rest of Europe, the Middle East/Africa as well as to North America.
Another positive development is the change of attitude for Laotian authorities. They now realize the benefit of allowing more carriers to ply skies to Vientiane and Luang Prabang, particularly budget carriers. This evolution goes to the benefit of ASEAN group carrier AirAsia with new flights linking Thailand to Luang Prabang and Vientiane as well the potential opening of a regular flight from Luang Prabang to Kuala Lumpur…
Both Vietnam and Myanmar enjoy also an influx of new carriers, Vietnam due to economic growth and the emergence of a local middle class keen to travel while foreign travellers towards Myanmar is unabated.
(Source: ASEAN.Travel/Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office)