Singapore Airlines will launch daily service to Yangon on October 28 to cater to rapidly growing demand for travel to Myanmar.
Including regional subsidiary SilkAir, the SIA Group will serve Yangon with 16 weekly flights.
SilkAir already operates 16 round-trips a week to Yangon with single-aisle Airbus A320-family aircraft. Singapore Airlines will take over seven of those round-trips with larger, 323-seat Boeing 777-200 widebody aircraft, increasing the group’s weekly seat capacity on the route by 55 per cent.
“Demand has been growing strongly for both business and leisure travel to Myanmar, and Singapore Airlines looks forward to serving the country for the first time,” says Mak Swee Wah, SIA’s executive vice president commercial and also chairman of SilkAir.
“SIA and SilkAir are constantly looking at new market opportunities and the launch of SIA services enables us to quickly meet the growing demand for travel to this increasingly popular destination,” adds Mak.
Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar and it once served as the country’s capital. Today it serves as Myanmar’s economic center, in addition to being a popular tourist destination.
The Singapore Airlines flights are subject to government approvals. SIA’s proposed schedule for the route would see flight SQ998 departing Singapore Changi International Airport (IATA code SIN) daily from October 28 at 7:55 a.m. and landing at Yangon International Airport (RGN) at 9:20 a.m. local time.
In the other direction, flight SQ997 would leave RGN at 10:25 a.m. and touch down at SIN at 2:45 p.m. local time.
SilkAir’s service on the route sees flight MI518 pushing back from the gate at SIN daily at 2:20 p.m. and arriving at RGN at 3:45 p.m. local time. Flight MI520 leaves SIN at 10:10 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays and land at RGN 11:30 p.m., local time.
In the other direction, flight MI517 departs RGN daily at 4:40 p.m. and gets to SIN at 9:15 p.m. local time. Flight MI519 leaves RGN at 12:25 a.m. on Mondays and Saturdays and reahces SIN at 5:00 a.m., local time.