Myanmar Airways commenced direct non-stop flights from Yangon to Chennai enhancing the connectivity between the two countries further after Delhi (Mon, Wed, Fri) and Kolkata (Thu, Sun) and Gaya. The flight was operated by A320 aircraft. It departed from Yangon at 0800 Hours and arrived Chennai airport at 1015 Hours.
With the non- stop flights , MAI makes Chennai closer to new exotic touristic destinations such as Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Thandwe (Ngapali Beach) to name a few. Yangon is famous for Shwedagon Pagoda – Myanmar’s most sacred and famous Buddhist Pagoda along with other religious sites like Bago, Pindaya and nature trails in Inle lake. Bagan offers more than 2,200 Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries.
According to the release, this route will boost the leisure, MICE, VFR, Corporate, labour and medical travellers with comfortable connections to Yangon and beyond to other international and domestic network of MAI.
Initially MAI will be operating on this route once a week on every Saturday. The flight 8M 630 will depart Yangon at 0800 hours and arrive Chennai at 1015 hours. The flight 8M 631 will depart Chennai at 1115 hours and arrive Yangon at 1515 hours. MAI is a full-service carrier and currently operates to 18 international destinations and 18 domestic destinations and has seamless interline arrangements with 34 carriers.
The aircraft was welcomed on arrival with Water Salute, the ceremonial welcome by the Airport Authority of India. There were ceremonies performed at both Yangon Airport and Chennai Airport where passengers were given a warm welcome and the check in counters were beautifully decorated.
In India, MAI is represented by STIC Travel Group as the airline’s GSA for India. MAI is available on all leading GDSs like Amadeus , Galileo , Travelport etc. for agents to make bookings and on all the major OTAs.