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Golden Myanmar Airlines to fly to Chiang Mai

August 22, 2014 Aviation No Comments Email Email
Yangon-Chiang Mai flights will become more popular. Direct flights to Chiang Mai from Yangon will begin next month with another local airline, the first emerging Myanmar national owned low-cost carrier.

Golden Myanmar Airlines (GMA) marketing executive Ko John Htut said the flights would start on September 23.

“Myanmar people like to visit Chiang Mai, and in the same time, international tourists come to Myanmar from Chiang Mai,” he told The Myanmar Times.

The aircraft will be an ATR-72, carrying 72 passengers every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for US$59 one-way.

“We will arrange a domestic route for tourists who want to go to Mandalay or Bagan, since we fly twice a day to Mandalay,” he said.

As a private airline, GMA started up in January 2013 and now has two airbuses and two ATRs offering daily flights to Singapore, Bangkok as well as domestic routes.

Domestic routes connect to Putao, Myitkyina, Bhamo, Lashio, Kyaing Tong, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Heho, Tachileik, Naung U (Bagan), Thandwe (Ngapali Beach) and Yangon.

GMA is the first airline in Myanmar to be established according to a low-cost structure, aimed at providing lower, more affordable airfares to local and international paassengers. Yangon and Mandalay both serve as hubs to provide domestic and international flight services. GMA Public Company Limited also offers airport, ground handling, technical handling of cargo and other aviation related services at Mandalay International Airport.

Another private airline, Air Bagan, already flies to Chiang Mai every Thursday and Sunday. Also, Bangkok Airways will link Yangon with Chiang Mai.

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