Qatar Airways resumes flights to Myanmar

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Qatar Airways reopened flights to Yangon on October 4 after a four-year hiatus, adding Myanmar’s commercial hub to a list of nine other routes the global carrier serves in Southeast Asia to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Hanoi, Singapore, Manila and Phuket.

The new link will engender increased economic and travel opportunities for Myanmar, which has experienced growth in domestic and international passengers, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said at a press conference in Yangon after leading a delegation on the non-stop Doha-Yangon flight, which will operate daily starting from October 28.

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

“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,” Al Baker continued.

“[And] as Myanmar opens up more, a large influx of business and leisure long-haul traffic is expected from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas,” he said.

Several other global carriers have recently added flights to Yangon as well, including Korean Air, Japan’s ANA and Germany’s Condor. Altogether, 13 international airlines currently fly to Myanmar.

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Qatar Airways reopened flights to Yangon on October 4 after a four-year hiatus, adding Myanmar’s commercial hub to a list of nine other routes the global carrier serves in Southeast Asia to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Hanoi, Singapore, Manila and Phuket.

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Qatar Airways reopened flights to Yangon on October 4 after a four-year hiatus, adding Myanmar’s commercial hub to a list of nine other routes the global carrier serves in Southeast Asia to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Hanoi, Singapore, Manila and Phuket.

The new link will engender increased economic and travel opportunities for Myanmar, which has experienced growth in domestic and international passengers, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said at a press conference in Yangon after leading a delegation on the non-stop Doha-Yangon flight, which will operate daily starting from October 28.

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

“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,” Al Baker continued.

“[And] as Myanmar opens up more, a large influx of business and leisure long-haul traffic is expected from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas,” he said.

Several other global carriers have recently added flights to Yangon as well, including Korean Air, Japan’s ANA and Germany’s Condor. Altogether, 13 international airlines currently fly to Myanmar.

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