AirAsia Philippines Eyes Flights to Myanmar

AirAsia Philippines, along with sister carrier, AirAsia Zest, are seeking to launch flights to Myanmar as part of their on-going international route expansion.

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In an application filed with the Civil Aeronautics Board, AirAsia Philippines is requesting 1,260 seat entitlements between Manila and Yangon after the Philippines and Myanmar recently concluded a successful round of air negotiations. Meanwhile, AirAsia Zest is seeking an allocation that would permit up to seven weekly flights between Manila and Yangon.

AirAsia Group is competing directly with Cebu Pacific for entitlements. Last month, both Cebu Pacific and partner carrier, Tigerair Philippines each submitted an application to the Civil Aeronautics Board seeking 1,260 weekly seats between Manila and Yangon.

According to Carmelo Arcilla, Executive Director of the Civil Aeronautics Board, Myanmar offers much potential for Philippine carriers. "Myanmar is a rapidly growing economy of about 60 million people, with a potential for the development of direct connectivity with the Philippines," said Arcilla. Last year, it was revealed that the Philippines and Myanmar were seeking an agreement to enable visa-free access between both countries for a set period of time.

Under the new air agreement, designated carriers from each country are permitted to fly up to 3,780 seats per week, representing approximately 3 flights daily. However, the agreement permits unlimited traffic rights between all points in Myanmar and all points in the Philippines outside of Manila.

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