Thai AirAsia wings to new Myanmar capital

20 Jul 2013

The Thai subsidiary of budget carrier AirAsia recently announced it was establishing a new route to Myanmar. Thai AirAsia CEO Tassapol Bijleveld stated that the airline had submitted a formal application to Myanmar’s aviation authorities to operate flights from Bangkok to Naypyidaw.

Mr Bijleveld said the airline hoped to have the service off the ground by October. He added that this would give plenty of time to iron out any hiccoughs with the new destination before the start of the Southeast Asian Games (SEA) in December.  

Yangon, or Rangoon as it was known in the British colonial era, is the former capital of Myanmar. Although Yangon is still the country’s trade and economy hub, the seat of its government is now Naypyidaw.

The new capital is the venue for the 27th SEA Games. Mr Bijleveld said the airline expected a significant flow of travellers to fly the route between the two capital cities for the competition.   

AirAsia is on a rapid expansion programme to ensure that it gets the full benefits of the ASEAN Economic Community’s free trade agreement when it takes effect in two years’ time. Tony Fernandes, AirAsia’s CEO, stated that he was excited about being involved in launching the important flight services between two of Southeast Asia’s biggest cities.  

AirAsia currently flies from Kuala Lumpur to Yangon once in each direction every day. Its Thai partner flies between Bangkok and Yangon three times a day and from Bangkok to Mandalay once a day.

The 1Stop guide to Bangkok’s airports and transportation has more details about how to get here and then around after arrival. 

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