Dong Hai Airlines directly connects Myanmar’s capital to its second international destination. A number of other international airlines as well as locally-owned Myanmar National Airlines currently service the Nay Pyi Taw- Bangkok route.
Last week, Chinese budget carrier Spring Airlines commenced scheduled Airbus A320 operations between Yangon and Shanghai at Terminal 1 of the Yangon International Airport (YIA). The carrier offers flights from YIA four times a week.
The move comes just a month after China Eastern Airlines launched a direct Shanghai-Yangon full service flight using Airbus 320 aircraft. This route offers flights from YIA three times a week.
China is raising efforts to woo Myanmar travellers after the country relaxed visa requirements for incoming Japanese, Koreans and Chinese tourists in September last year
Since then, China has increased the number of flights to Myanmar and tourism between the two countries has expanded. “After the visa exemptions, there are more Chinese coming to the Myanmar .Now, you can see daily flights between China and Myanmar.’’ said U Myo Min Zaw, a local tour guide.
There are now direct flights from Myanmar to ten Chinese cities, including Wuhan, Sichuan, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chengdu as well as Shenzhen.
Over 3.5 million tourists visited Myanmar during in 2018 year, 40 percent of which were from China.
A total of 650,000 Chinese visited Myanmar in the first four months of 2019, an increase of 30pc from the same period last year, data from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism showed.