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Yangon Airlines Stopps Flights to Khmandu
Nepalese-Chinese JV Himalaya Airlines has discontinued air services between Yangon and Kathmandu just over a year after its launch due to the low number of passengers, the airline's Myanmar agent said to the Myanmar Times on Thursday. Himalayan Airlines had been offering the flights twice a week since March 2017, then the flights were cancelled for more than two month due to insufficient profit, said UA Ticketing and Tours General Director U Lynn Zaw Wai Mang.
There has been no recent flight connection between Yangon and Kathmandu, and travellers have to travel via Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Dhaka to get to the city. It is not cost-effective, so the carrier halted the flights on schedule," said U Lynn Zaw Wai Mang. It is the first carrier to operate directly between the two cities since Union of Burma Airways - now Myanmar National Airlines - began operating the service between 1989 and 1993.
In 2016, 25,000 Myanmar travellers came to Nepal and most of them went to Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, according to Myanmar's embassy in Nepal. An itinerary between Kathmandu and Yangon will cost US$350 (about K472,200), including tax on Himalaya Airlines, said U Lynn Zaw Wai Mang. Himalaya Airlines, he added, Yangon travellers had to spend $9,000 to get to Kathmandu.
However, the Himalayan Airlines agencies are considering the option of restarting Yangon-Kathmandu flights within the year, U Lynn Zaw Wai Mang. "We are trying to get the flights back on track in September or October of this year. Himalaya Airlines' suspension of operation came the next morning after AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes said it had halted talks on the establishment of a new low-cost carrier in Myanmar.
"We could reconsider this (plan to establish a low-cost carrier in Myanmar ), but we have chosen not to go to Myanmar yet," he said. AirAsia said in a declaration for the last 16 years,. it has flew over 500 million people to over 130 targets. "In 2001 we took off from Malaysia with only two aircraft and 200 employees and transported 200,000 people.
Air Asia flies directly every day between Yangon-Bangkok, Yangon-Malaysia and Mandalay-Bangkok. Myanmar has 10 national carriers listed, according to the Ministry of Civil Aviation. In 2016, the All Nippon Airways of Japan founded Asian Blue in a JV with the Indonesian Golden Sky World, which is held by the real estate and bank typecoon Shwe Than Lwin.
ANA Holdings Inc. of Japan abandoned a scheme to establish an air carrier with Golden Sky World last year after the government declined its ban.