Tuesday, September 19, 2017

After four years, Qatar resumes Yangon service

A Qatar Airways plane arrives at Yangon International Airport on October 4. Thiri / The Myanmar TimesA Qatar Airways plane arrives at Yangon International Airport on October 4. Thiri / The Myanmar Times

After a break of more than four years, Qatar Airways resumed flights to Myanmar with the launch of scheduled services to Yangon on October 4.

While flights will initially operate from Doha to Yangon on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, with return flights on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, the service will increase to daily frequency from October 28.

“We wanted to enter with daily services from day one. From October 28, I am delighted to announce that the Doha-Yangon route will be served daily, [which will be] a great boost indeed for the local economy, for the local tourism industry, and for the people of Myanmar looking to travel with more choice to destinations overseas,” Qatar Airways chief executive officer Mr Akbar Al Baker said at a press conference in Yangon last week.

“Myanmar’s domestic and international markets have both shown rapid growth since 2008 with international passenger numbers nearly doubling through the main gateway Yangon over the last four years.”

Qatar Airways senior vice president for East Asia and the Southwest Pacific, Mr Robert Yang, said Yangon was the airline’s 10th gateway in the ASEAN region.

“Given the huge potential size of the Myanmar market, the recent growth represents just the tip of the iceberg. Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore have until now been the main gateways for long-haul traffic into and out of Myanmar,” he said.

“As Myanmar opens up more, a large influx of business and leisure long-haul traffic is expected from Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Americas. Through our strategically located hub in Doha, we will provide easy access to Yangon and look forward to making this route a huge success.”