Air Asia to launch Yangon-Chiang Mai route

Air Asia A320 aircraft (Photo: Air Asia)

June 13, 2018

AirAsia will introduce a new direct service linking Chiang Mai in North Thailand with Yangon in Myanmar.

The three weekly service, scheduled Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, will start 11 August.

August is one of the lowest months for travel to Yangon and traffic from Chiang Mai will be even lower. However, there is strong potential for the route during November to March when peak tourist season kicks in for Myanmar.

Competition will be tough as Bangkok Airways serves the Chiang Mai-Yangon route daily. The PG one-hour, 25-minute flight departs at 11:40 and arrives in Yangon at 12:35.

The roundtrip fare is THB 7,147 with full service, baggage allowance and lounge use at both airports.

Myanmar National Airlines offers three weekly flights (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) on the route quoting a fare of THB 5,976.

AirAsia’s believes the new direct flight, using its latest A320s, will appeal to tourists who want to visit Chiang Mai the prime gateway city to North Thailand and then extend their travels to take in Yangon in Myanmar.

Thai AirAsia CEO, Santisuk Klongchaiya, remarked that Chiang Mai is now a gateway with numerous international flights from Asia.Yangon is Myanmar’s commercial capital and home to many important religious sites such as Shwedagon Pagoda, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda and Bo Bo Gyi Shrine.

The new flights also come with a range of other privileges that include discounts on GrabTaxi, 700 MB of free data and 500 Kyat worth of phone calls when purchasing a SIM card at the MPT counter at Yangon Airport and discounts up to 15% at restaurants across the city.

Flight Schedule for Chiang Mai (CNX) – Yangon (RGN)

Service starts 11 August 2018


Flight From To Depart Arrive Frequency
FD 802 CNX RGN 13:15 hrs 13:45 hrs Tue, Thu, Sat
FD 803 RGN CNX 14:45 hrs 16:30 hrs Tue, Thu, Sat
 S: TTR Weekly

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