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14/03/2011 - Direct flights from Burma to Phuket, Thailand on Myanmar Air Bagan

14/03/2011 - Direct flights from Burma to Phuket, Thailand on Myanmar Air Bagan

Air Bagan, the Myanmar (Burmese) airline, has announced the introduction of direct flights between Yangon (Rangoon) in Myanmar (Burma) and Phuket, Thailand.

The first flight will be on April 11th 2011, with two flights scheduled per week on Mondays and Fridays. Return tickets will cost in the region of 10,900 baht (US$360), including in-flight food and drinks.

Tickets are already on sale for the new route via the airline’s website, but later this month Air Bagan will open a ticket office in Phuket Town.

"The flights will be much more convenient and cheaper for tourists already in Phuket. The direct flights from Phuket will take just two hours, whereas the current flights depart only from Bangkok," said PB Travel Agency Centre, Managing Director, Suranat Taweesap.

The flights from Phuket will connect to a further twenty one destinations within Myanmar.

To promote the launch of the new route, Air Bagan has announced two discounted travel packages, including accommodation, return flights, food and tours of Yangon, Hongawadee and Kyaikhtiyo.

The packages cost 20,990 baht (US$700), if travelling between April 11th and 14th, and 19,900 baht (US$ 655) for trips taken from April 15th to 18th 2011.

Once passengers arrive in Myanmar, they must provide two passport photos and pay US$30 to be issued with a tourist visa.

Last year Air Bagan announced the opening of their Yangon to Chiang Mai flights, and due to their success, recently announced an increase in flight frequency between the two cities.

“This is our second route between Myanmar and Thailand and we think the flights will be useful for those who want to fly to Phuket directly without transiting in Bangkok. We also expect to see a huge increase in tourists coming here from Thailand as a result of the new route,” said Daw Sao Thanda Noi, Air Bagan sales and marketing manager.

The airline has also said it is planning direct flights to Siem Reap in Cambodia as well as Bangkok, Kunming and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Singapore in the near future.

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