Budget carrier DragonAir will begin offering four flights a week between Hong Kong and Yangon on Wednesday, January 9, the company said lat wek.
The new service will target both leisure and business travellers, the airline said.
Dragonair chief Executive officer Mr Patrick Yeung said the airline had chosen Yangon as its first destination in Myanmar because it is the centre of most of the country’s commercial activity and is an important business and communications hub.
“Yangon is an important addition to Dragonair’s expanding network in Asia and launching this new destination will further strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a leading aviation hub. We see tremendous potential in this market with both tourism and commercial activities rapidly gaining momentum. We look forward to carrying more passengers between Hong Kong and Myanmar and helping to promote ties between the two places,” Mr Yeung said.
The airline will use Airbus A321 aircraft on the route and flights will depart Hong Kong every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
However, DragonAir will not have the route to itself for long: national carrier Myanmar Airways International (MAI) also plans to launch a Yangon-Hong Kong direct service.
While MAI had said flights would begin by the end of 2012, marketing executive Daw Aye Mra Tha told The Myanmar Times last week that the airline was still preparing for the launch.
She said discussions with authorities from Hong Kong are continuing and flights would begin “very soon”.