Golden Myanmar Air flies daily between Mandalay and Singapore's Changi

GOLDEN Myanmar Airlines has begun daily services connecting Singapore via Yangon to Mandalay, the financial capital of Myanmar, the Changi Airport Group (CAG) announced.

Mandalay is a new city link for Changi Airport and brings to 47 the number of cities in Southeast Asia that the Lion City's airport is connected to. The new service by Golden Myanmar Airlines further enhances Changi Airport's position as a key gateway to the region.

Said CAG marketing vice president Lim Ching Kiat: "We are confident that the additional flights will make it easier for people to travel between the two countries and we look forward to working closely with the airline."

Bilateral trade between Singapore and Myanmar increased 8.6 per cent in 2012 year on year and the commencement of Golden Myanmar's flights to Singapore comes at an opportune time as Myanmar steps up efforts to accelerate social-economic development in the country, CAG said.

Said Golden Myanmar CEO Aung Gyi: "Singapore and Myanmar have enjoyed strong trade and economic links over the last few years and Singapore currently ranks among one of Myanmar's top trade partners.

"Coupled with Changi Airport's strength as a well connected aviation hub, it was not a difficult decision for us to make her our first international destination. We plan to utilise Singapore as an extended gateway, said Mr Gyi."

Golden Myanmar Airlines will operate from Changi Airport's Terminal 1 utilising the 180-seat A320 aircraft. Passenger traffic between Singapore and Myanmar has grown in the five years from 2008 to 2012. Passenger movements between the two countries increased by 17 per cent annually on a compounded basis. In 2012, passenger traffic grew by 22.8 per cent year on year to reach 406,000 movements.

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