THE South Korean government has given the green light for the
country’s two national carriers to operate regular direct
flights to Myanmar for the first time, the South Korean Yonhap
wire service reported last week.
The South Korean Ministry of Construction and Transportation
said Korean Air and Asiana Airlines will provide seven weekly
flights from Incheon International Airport to Yangon, the report
However, a travel source in Yangon said there was no immediate
plan for the two carriers – Korean Air and Asiana Airlines
– to launch regular service despite the government’s
A senior official from Myanmar’s Civil Aviation Department
under the Ministry of Transport said the permission was granted
in accordance with an amended agreement made between civil aviation
authorities from both countries in September.
“According to the original bilateral air agreement made
in 1978, only one national carrier from each country could fly
to destinations in both countries, but the amendment now allows
two national carriers from each country to fly,” the official
said. “We amended the agreement with an aim of promoting
Korean Air offered charter flights from South Korea to Myanmar
from May to September this year, while Asiana Air offered the
same service from July to the end of August.
Meanwhile, Myanmar-based Air Bagan announced earlier this month
that it would launch charter service from Yangon to Incheon and
Osaka, Japan, at the end of this year.