AIRASIA is set to launch daily flights from Bangkok to the Myanmar capital of Naypyidaw this October, in anticipation of increased demand for flight options to the latter.
The LCC currently runs thrice-daily flights between Bangkok and Yangon, and a daily flight between Bangkok to Mandalay. It also operates a daily Kuala Lumpur-Yangon service.
“With the 27th SEA Games approaching in December 2013, Myanmar’s chairmanship of ASEAN in 2014, and the ASEAN Economic Community taking place in 2015, there will be tremendous demand to connect the capital city (of Myanmar) to the rest of the world, and Bangkok is the perfect place to start,” said Tony Fernandes, group CEO, AirAsia.
He remarked that Myanmar was also the gateway to India and China, as well as a regional investment hotspot following the country’s successful economic reforms.
“With its foreign direct investment growing five times from 2011 to 2012, there is no better time to offer the world more access to this hot destination,” he added.