Nok Air To Launch Flights To Myanmar
Nok Air will introduce its first regional flights with low fares when it inaugurates two services from Mae Sot to Mawlamyine and Yangon later this year.
It will sell a one-way trip fare on the daily services at Bt1,590 ex-Mae Sot to both Yangon and Mawlamyine inclusive of taxes and fees.
Starting 1 September, the flight to Mawlamyine, DD4212, will depart Mae Sot at 0945 and arrive in Mawlamyine at 0940 (30-minute time difference), while the return flight, DD4213, will depart at 1005 and arrive at Mae Sot 1105.
Starting 1 October, the Yangon flight, DD4226, will depart Mae Sot at 1135 and arrive in Yangon at 1200, while the return flight, DD4227, will depart 1230 and arrive in Mae Sot at 1355.
Passengers can book the promotion now for travel to Mawlamyine effective 1 September s and to Yangon 1 October.
Mawlamyine is Myanmar’s fourth largest city after Yangon, Mandalay and the new capital Nay Pyi Daw. The city is the capital of the Mon state, which is located southeast of Yangon and shares a border with Thailand.
Mae Sot is the closest border town in Thailand to Mawlamyine a distance of around 100 km by air. But to drive between Mae Sot and the port city takes several hours on poor roads that pass through mountains and remote areas.
The short flight will be served by a Saab 340 aircraft under a contract with Siam General Aviation. Nok Air already uses the Saab 340s to serve Mae Sot from Bangkok and Chang Mai so it will be relatively simple to extend the flight to Mawlamyine and Yangon.
What will not be so simple for the new public listed airline will to make a profit on routes that will require considerable logistic support. Ground handling costs will be high including the need to pay for immigration and customs services at Mawlamyine, which is not a designated international port of entry.
Visas will have to be obtained in advance from Myanmar’s embassy in Bangkok.
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