New flight service from Yangon to Pathein operational

The maiden flight for the air route of the Yangon-Pathein-Yangon landed at Pathein Airport yesterday. PHOTO: THI THI MIN
The maiden flight for the air route of the Yangon-Pathein-Yangon landed at Pathein Airport yesterday. PHOTO: THI THI MIN

A new Yangon-Pathein-Yangon flight began its maiden trip from Yangon to Pathein in Ayeyawady Region yesterday.
The aircraft landed in Pathein Airport in the evening where its passengers and crew were welcomed by Ayeyawady Region Chief Minister U Hla Moe Aung, the regional Hluttaw Speaker, regional ministers and department officials.
The Chief Minister said the Yangon-Pathein air route supports his region’s development. It takes 4 hours from Pathein to Yangon by car, therefore a direct flight will get tourists and business persons to their destination in a much shorter time, he said.
The new air route will employ an ATR 72-600 72-seater aircraft from Myanmar National Airlines and it is operated by International Travel Asia Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Asia World.
Yang Jin, CEO of International Travel Asia Co. Ltd, said there are not many beaches in China and as such, its citizens are attracted to the beautiful beaches of Chaungtha and Ngwehsaung. He said the flow of Chinese tourists will significantly contribute to Myanmar’s tourism industry. He also mentioned upgrading Pathein Airport and his company’s desire to keep providing smoother travel experiences at affordable prices.
The new air route will depart from Yangon to Pathein at 3:30 pm, and from Pathein to Yangon at 4:30 pm, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. A direct flight will only take 40 minutes.
Flight tickets from Yangon to Pathein cost K 55,000 for a local passenger and US$ 55 for a foreign passenger; while tickets from Pathein to Yangon cost K 53,000 for a local passenger and US$ 53 for a foreign passenger.
The Ayeyawady Region Government and the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism are also planning to run ferry services for tourists plying into Pathein Airport, according to the regional directorate.—Thi Thi Min (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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