Singapore Airlines joins Korean, ANA, Qatar, Dragonair, EVA Air…
Swayed by rapidly growing demand for travel to Myanmar, Singapore Airlines will start a daily service to Yangon (Rangoon) from October 28, in combination with even more regular frequencies already offered by its subsidiary SilkAir. At the moment, SilkAir has 16 flights a week to Yangon using single-aisle Airbus A320s. SIA will take over seven of these, operating its bigger 323-seat Boeing 777-200s, so although the number of frequencies will remain the same weekly seat capacity will rise by 55%.
Mak Swee Wah, SIA’s executive vice president commercial, who is also chairman of SilkAir, explained the motivation: “Demand has been growing strongly for both business and leisure travel to Myanmar”, he said, “and Singapore Airlines looks forward to serving the country for the first time.”
Singapore Airlines is the latest in a wave of international carriers rushing to start services to Yangon. Korean Air, All Nippon Airways, Qatar Airways, Dragonair and EVA Air are all launching flights there in September or October.
[pictured: Kandawgyi Lake, Yangon]