Thai AirAsia will increase the number of its flights between Bangkok-Don Mueang and Mandalay in Myanmar, from one to two daily flights. The second flight will start on March 17.
Mr. Santisuk Klongchaiya, Director Commercial for Thai AirAsia, explained that AirAsia’s direct flights to Myanmar have grown in popularity as Thai people travel to the country to pay homage to its holy sites. Acknowledging such growth potential, especially in major cities such as Mandalay with its tourist attractions that include Shwenandaw Monastery, the holy Mahamuni Buddha Temple and Ubeng Bridge as well as its easy travel to the land of 4,000 pagodas Bagan, AirAsia has decided to provide even more opportunities for travel for both Thai and international travelers.
Thai AirAsia currently flies to eight destinations within the Greater Mekong Subregion with six daily frequencies to Myanmar (Mandalay and Yangon), five daily flights to Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City), three daily flights to Cambodia (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap) and two daily flights to Lao PDR (Luang Prabang and Vientiane).
In another development, during an official visit earlier this month, Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak discussed with Mandalay Region Chief Minister U Zaw Myint Maung for the establishment of direct flights between Bagan and Bangkok or Chiang Mai.
The two ministers met at the Amazin Bagan Resort in Nyaung U township to promote joint tourism products and push Bagan development. They have been previously announcement by Bangkok Airways to fly the route out of Bangkok using ATR72 as Bagan airport has a runway of 2,591 m, capable to receive turboprop aircraft or not a full-load Airbus A320.
So far, there has been no confirmation for the launch of Bangkok Airways flights. A few months ago, Bangkok Airways management explained that the airport has no facilities to accommodate international flights such as customs and immigration facilities as well as a visa office.