The Irrawaddy

AirAsia Launches Low-Fare Route from Yangon to Chiang Mai

YANGON — AirAsia has unveiled a new route from Yangon to Chiang Mai, with flights to the northern Thai destination due to start on Aug. 11. The airline will operate the flight three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

“Both Yangon and Chiang Mai are unique and culturally significant tourism destinations known the world over. The addition of low-fare air travel between these two cities will only increase convenience and value for travellers and is sure to boost both tourism and investment,” Ms. Maneenuch Kongarchapatar, AirAsia’s head of commercial operations (Indochina), said in a statement on Monday.

AirAsia said it was introducing the route with a “promotional fare” starting at only US$35 per trip and would welcome bookings through all ticketing channels.

Bookings can be made starting on Monday through July 29 to travel from Aug. 11 to Oct. 31, 2018, AirAsia said.

The budget airline currently operates three routes to and from Myanmar – once a day from Yangon to Kuala Lumpur; three times a day from Yangon to Bangkok and once a day from Mandalay to Bangkok.

“All of the routes have been well received with load factor averages during the first six months of this year at 86 percent across the board,” Ms. Maneenuch said.

Currently Bangkok Air operates a daily return flight from Chiang Mai-Yangon, while Myanmar National Airlines flies three days a week to the same destination on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.