Thandwe flights extended 24 times amid visitors’ surge in Ngapali during Thingyan Festival

One of the Air KBZ fleet.  photo: kanu

With the Myanmar New Year holiday being a nine-day holiday from 9 to 17 April, many visitors to Ngapali beach from Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw causes Thandwe flights are being flown 24 times more than the original route, according to MAI Airlines.
During the Myanmar New Year Holiday period, there are also crowded visitors to Chaungtha and Ngwesaung beaches from Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw.
The Yangon-Thandwe flight is operated daily by Air KBZ’s ATR 72-600 aircraft seven times a week. Starting from November, Mandalay- Thandwe flights have been operating per the requirements of tour operators.
Thandwe flights from 8 April to 18 April extended extra flights 24 times for visitors to relax on beaches during the Myanmar New Year holiday and the eve day of Thingyan 13 April to the final day of Thingyan 16 April and the travellers to hometown before the last day of holiday 17 April with the number of flights are being extended.
“MAI operates international flights, and Air KBZ operates domestic flights. Due to the availability of aircraft, we operate according to the needs of the Ministry of Transport and Communications. During this Thingyan holiday, people often relax on the beach. A regular flight of Thandwe operates daily for a week. We are also providing extra flights to visitors during the Thingyan festival,” said Capt Kyaw Soe Hla of MAI Airlines.
When Myanmar Airways International (MAI) resumes international flights, it will expand its domestic and international flights depending on demand, as Air KBZ extends its Thandwe flights 24 times due to large numbers of travellers to Ngapali during the Thingyan Festival. — Nyein Thu (MNA)/GNLM

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