Mai YangonMay Yangon
Visa on rival reopened, for MAI Siem Reap travelers
Travelers who arrive at Yangon International Airport with a new Myanmar Airways International (MAI) Siem Reap services are entitled to a travel permit upon arrivals, a spokesman for the company said last weekend. "This new directive came into force on 23 February - the date on which our maiden flights from Yangon to Siem Reap in Cambodia took off.
The spokesman said: "I sincerely wish that Siem Reap's new policies will lure more visitors to Myanmar. Our first one between Yangon and Siem Reap took off at 9:00 am and landed in Siem Reap at 11:10 am, with the plane back to Siem Reap at 12:10 pm and Yangon at 1:20 pm.
It has an Airbus A-320 which can carry 166 people and offers air services every Wednesday and Saturday. On May 1, 2010, Myanmar adopted a new visas regime that allows overseas travellers from all countries to obtain visas through Yangon and Mandalay airport without having to make agreements with tour operators.
According to officials, Yangon Airport's flights were 54 per cent higher than in 2009 during the introduction of the visa-on-arrival system. Mr. U Pyoe Wai Yar Zar, Deputy Chair of the Myanmar Marketing Committee (MMC) and CEO of All Asia Exclusive Travel, described the restricted re-introduction of the visas upon arriving as "very comforting news".
It is MAI's intention to start flying between Yangon and Guangzhou in South China by March 3, said Daw Aye Mra Tha, the airline's Deputy Director of Mgt. MAY will fly Thursday and Sunday with an Airbus A-320 to Guangzhou. "We will not only be offering regular airlines, but also air charters on the way when the jewelry shop takes place in Nay Pyi Taw in March, because many dealers from Guangzhou come to the department store," she said.
It said the company is planning to expand this year to other overseas locations after purchasing a new plane. Currently MAI is operating regular services to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Gaya in India and Siem Reap in Cambodia with a float of three Airbus A-320 and one Airbus A-321.