Thai AirAsia is launching flights between Bangkok and Mandalay from October 4, its second flight between Thailand and Myanmar alongside the existing Bangkok-Yangon route.
The new service will depart Bangkok Don Mueang at 0845 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, landing in Mandalay at 1015. The return leg will depart at 1045 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday to touch down at the Thai capital at 1310.
Mandalay, located in central Myanmar, is the country’s second largest city after Yangon and is the upper region’s main commercial centre.
Myanmar’s recent moves towards democracy and the easing of sanction on foreign investment have led to a significant increase in the number of travellers visiting its major cities.
In May this year, the government gave a boost to its travel sector by launching a visa-on-arrivals scheme for passengers entering via Yangon airport (see story here). Mizzima News, a Myanmar news site, has recently reported that the government plans to extend this scheme to Naypyidaw, the country’s newly built capital, and Mandalay in the next few months.
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