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Qatar airways resumes flight services to Myanmar
Xinhua | October 04, 2012 15:45
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Qatar Airways resumed its flight service to Yangon Thursday after a four-year absence of flight to the Myanmar former capital since January 2008.

The flight resumption of the Qatar Airways has brought the total number of foreign airlines flying Myanmar to 15.

Using Airbus-319, the airline will operate thrice a week between Doha and Yangon facilitating visitors traveling between the two destinations.

"Qatar Airways' re-entry into Yangon marked one of the Gulf carrier's most important routes launched in this year," said the airline's Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker. "Yangon becomes our ninth new destination so far this to join Qatar Airways' family of routes and the first Asian launch in 2012."

Yangon becomes Qatar Airways' 10th gateway in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) following successful flight to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Hanoi, Singapore, Manila and Phuket.

Yangon International Airport handles around 2.5 million passengers annually, two-third being international visitors.

Meanwhile, five more foreign airlines, Dragon Air, EVA Air, All Nippon Airways, Singapore Airlines, Germany based Condor Airlines and Trans Asia Airways are preparing to fly Myanmar in addition to the existing foreign airlines.

At present, there are 15 foreign airlines flying Yangon, of which Korean Air was launched in September, while Qatar Airways in October.

Moreover, the Myanmar Airways International (MAI) is flying internationally as Myanmar's national flag carrier. MAI is now known as a joint venture between the state-owned Myanmar Airways and the private Royal Myanmar Transport Co., which was transformed from the Singapore-based company -- Jester Asia in 1993.

The share of the Jester Asia was taken up by the Royal Myanmar Transport Co.

In addition to the 64-year-old state-operated domestic Myanma Airways (MA), there are also five other private-run domestic airlines in Myanmar, namely Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Air Bagan, Asian Wings and Air Kanbawza.

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