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Bangkok Airways Eyes More Myanmar Routes

Thai carrier Bangkok Airways said it is seeking to launch at least two new routes in Myanmar.

The firm said it is eyeing Myanmar’s southern archipelago of Myeik in Tanintharyi region and ancient city of Bagan, according to Thai media reports.

The airline, which dubs itself as a ‘boutique carrier’, only recently launched three flights a week from Chiang Mai to Mandalay and four flights a week from Chiang Mai to Yangon.

The airline’s studies for launching scheduled flights from Bangkok to Myeik and from Chiang Mai to Bagan have been completed, and it is waiting for the company’s president’s nod to go ahead, a senior executive was quoted as saying in the Bangkok Post.

Services to the two Myanmar cities could start in the next year or so, according to the report. The airline intends to use ATR-72 for its new markets of Myeik and Bagan.

Bangkok Airways currently flies to Myanmar’s three largest cities Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw from Bangkok, providing 40 flights a week. From Suvarnabhumi airport, the carrier operates four daily flights to Yangon and a daily service to Mandalay by A320 jet, and five flights a week to Naypyitaw by ATR-72.

Bangkok Airways could also potentially raise the number of flights to its existing Myanmar routes, the airlines said.

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