Myanmar Deepens Air Connections with China

Myanmar, China, air transport

At Yangon international Airport (Photo: Aungmyin Yezaw/ The Myanmar Times)

Four new routes to China have been recently opened out of Myanmar while a fifth one is already announced for the spring 2019. A move which would help to grow Chinese tourist arrivals to the country and balance for the weakening of traditional inbound tourism markets.

There is something that Cambodia and Myanmar air transport are definitely sharing. Both countries are attracting airlines out of China that are barely known -except by some specialists. While Myanmar is bracing for a slow down of its arrivals from its traditional markets in Europe or Australia, the country sees China as a major rescuer.

The opening of new routes between Myanmar and China proves that Burmese authorities are increasingly looking at the Chinese market which jumped by 36% during the first half of 2018.

In July, Donghai Airlines introduced new service between Mandalay and Shenzhen. The route is operated twice a week with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. In October, China Southern launched four weekly services from Shenzhen to Yangon. The route is served by an Airbus A320.

In November, new Chinese low cost carrier launched its second international route out of Guangzhou to Yangon. The carrier offers four frequencies per week. Finally last week, Sichuan Airlines started linking Yangon with Xi’an with initially three weekly services with a two-class Airbus A320. From March 31, the airline already announced to open a new route linking also Xi’an but this time to Mandalay.