Hong Kong-based Dragonair plans to launch a new four-times weekly service to Yangon, the largest city and main economic hub of Myanmar, on January 9, subject to government approval.
According to Dragonair, the new service will enhance its presence in the region and will provide a significant boost to both leisure and business traffic between Hong Kong and Myanmar.
Yangon will become the 10th destination to be launched or resumed by Dragonair since April 2012.
Rich in history and culture, Yangon is a fascinating city to visit with its hybrid of local, British, Chinese and Indian influences. It is home to the largest number of original colonial buildings in the region. Most of Myanmar’s commercial activities are centred in Yangon, reinforcing the city’s importance as a business and communications hub.
Dragonair will operate the new service with Airbus A321 jets, departing Hong Kong every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
In addition to connecting passengers transiting Hong Kong to Myanmar, Dragonair says its latest destination launch will offer passengers from Myanmar greater choice and convenience when connecting to the carrier’s Mainland China network or the vast international network of its sister airline, Cathay Pacific Airways, through their mutual hub at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG).
“Yangon is an important addition to Dragonair’s expanding network in Asia and launching this new destination will further strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a leading aviation hub,” said Patrick Yeung, Dragonair’s chief executive officer.
“We see tremendous potential in this market with both tourism and commercial activities rapidly gaining momentum,” added Yeung. “We look forward to carrying more passengers between Hong Kong and Myanmar and helping to promote ties between the two places.”
Dragonair’s planned flight schedule between Hong Kong and Yangon International Airport (RGN) calls for flight KA250 to depart HKG at 9:20 p.m. local time on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and arrive at RGN at 11:35 p.m. local time.
In the other direction, flight KA251 is timed to leave RGN at 1:00 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and touch down at HKG at 6:00 a.m. local time.
The schedule may yet change, but Dragonair says online booking will be available soon for the flights.
In addition to its new Yangon service, Dragonair will also be increasing frequencies to a number of destinations in its winter schedule, effective from October 28. Dragonair’s round-trips to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, will rise from seven to 10 flights per week.
Dragonair has also added one extra flight to Kota Kinabalu (the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah State, which is on the island of Borneo), making a total of six weekly round-trips to this popular East Malaysia holiday destination.
The carrier has also been operating 12 round-trips per week to the Thai Indian Ocean resort of Phuket since July, up from the previous 10 weekly flights. In addition, Dragonair is set to resume services to Haikou on Hainan Island, with a daily flight beginning on October 28.
Dragonair, an affiliate member of oneworld, operates a fleet of 36 large passenger jets and serves 39 regional destinations in Asia, including 19 cities in Mainland China.