November 15, 2019
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Japanese airline to increase flight frequency to Myanmar's Yangon

Photo: All Nippon Airways

A major Japanese airline -- All Nippon Airways (ANA) -- will increase its flight frequency between Tokyo and Yangon starting from Sept. 30, local media reported Saturday.

ANA will also increase the number of its flights between Tokyo' s Narita Airport and Yangon to seven per week from three, said the Myanma Freedom Daily.

To increase seat capacity, the airline will operate its flights by replacing B737-700ER aircraft with B767-300ER aircraft.

ANA was among the first airlines to launch direct flight service between Japan and Myanmar.

As there is increased interest among Japanese businessmen and market researchers in traveling to Myanmar following the country's series of reform, the resumption of regular ANA services in October last year has prompted Japanese entrepreneurs to step in Myanmar.

For the past 12 years, Japanese tourists had to travel to Myanmar via Bangkok or Singapore when the airline suspended its Yangon flight.

There are now eight domestic airlines in operation in Myanmar, among which the Myanmar Airways is state-owned, while the rest are private-run.

Foreign airlines that run flights to Myanmar remain at 22.

Besides the three existing international airports -- Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw, there are 30 regional airports in Myanmar

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