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New Air Service to Yangon by Air China

Air China will launch services linking Beijing and Yangon, while adding a Chengdu-Kunming-Yangon flight starting later this month.

Air China Flies To Yangon

Air China Flies To Yangon

Scheduled to launch 30 March, the airline will operate four weekly flights on the Beijing-Yangon route, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday using a B737-800.

The outbound flight, CA715, will depart from Beijing at 1930 and arrive in Yangon at 2250. The return flight, CA716, will depart from Yangon at 2350 local time and arrive in Beijing at 0550 Beijing time.

For Chengdu-Kunming-Yangon route, the airline will operate a daily service with A320s.

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China fuels Cambodia’s airline growth

The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation says Cambodia’s aviation market grew briskly for the second consecutive year as national and foreign airlines added routes to China amid a surge in Chinese nationals visiting the country.

Cambodia Airlines

Cambodia Airlines

The centre reported Cambodia has emerged as one of the fastest growing markets in Southeast Asia, recording 18% passenger growth for the second consecutive year in 2013.

Cambodia’s three commercial airports — Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville– handled 5.1 million passengers in 2013, representing an 18% increase over the 4.3 million passengers handled in 2012, based on figures from Cambodia Airports.

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Myanmar Boosts Independent Travel

Union of Myanmar Travel Association says more efforts are needed to build tour content that will appeal to families and independent travelers.

Myanmar is a hot destination in South East Asia

Myanmar is a hot destination in South East Asia

The association claims too much attention is being paid to tour group business, while neglecting an emerging independent travel market.

Association vice chairman, Thet Lwin Toe, said: “We must try to make the cake bigger. If you can’t expand your market, you will eventually lose.”

He added: “It is true that Myanmar is increasing tourism, but the real profit is to be gained from independent travelers and a change of direction will help the owners of small enterprises.”

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Hanoi to go smoke free

The city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will promote smoke-free restaurants and hotels this year.

Hanoi to go smoke-free

Hanoi to go smoke-free

Department vice director, Mai Tien Dung, said the agency would encourage restaurants and hotels not to allow smoking in public areas and to eventually ban smoking  throughout premises including guest rooms.

“The move will improve the city’s image in visitors’ eyes and also conform to the nation’s Law on Tobacco Harm-Reduction.”

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New Myanmar domestic routes by Mann Yatanarpon

Myanmar’s newest airline, Mann Yatanarpon, will start flying domestic routes this February.

The airline CEO Kyaw Myo told local media that Mann Yatanarpon will be the eighth domestic airline operating in Myanmar.

Mann Yatanarpon Airlines

Mann Yatanarpon Airlines

It will operate new ATR 72-600 aircraft based in Mandalay and will fly to domestic destinations such as Yangon, Nyaung Oo, Heho, Techilek, Kengtung and Mytikyina.

The CEO added: “The intention is to establish a base in Mandalay as we want to facilitate passengers who need to fly to Mandalay direct. Another intention is to turn Mandalay International Airport into a logistic hub.”

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