Friday, August 18, 2017

YA to restart flights from October 16

Grounded domestic carrier Yangon Airways is set to return to the skies after the Department of Civil Aviation reinstated its licence to operate.

A spokesperson from the airline said it would start accepting bookings this week, with flights to resume on October 16.

“We will start to accept booking from September 5 and will start to fly from October 16 to all our previous destinations. We will use two ATR-72 aircraft for our services,” she said.

She said the airline would announce more details in mid-September.

Scheduled flights will resume from Yangon to Nyaung Oo, Mandalay, Heho, Kengtung, Tachileik, Dawei, Myeik, Kawthoung, Thandwe and Sittwe.

She declined to reveal when the airline had received its Aircraft Operation Certificate (AOC).

Yangon Airways will join Air Mandalay, Air KBZ, Air Bagan, Asian Wings and state-run Myanma Airways in the domestic airline market.

The likely return of Yangon Airways was welcomed by ticketing agents. “Yangon Airways was one of the more reliable domestic airlines in Myanmar. It seldom changed its flights schedule or cancelled flights,” said a sales agent at a leading ticketing agency in Yangon. The relaunch “will give both customers and travel agents more options when purchasing tickets for domestic flights”.