Bangkok Air eyes 3 routes in Myanmar and Vietnam

Bangkok Airways has set its sights on covering two additional Myanmar cities and a second Vietnamese destination as part of a regional expansion, the company said.

Bangkok Airways said it hopes to secure regulatory approval from Myanmar civil aviation authorities for the two routes, a process that may take up to eight months. The carrier said it expects to put them on its flight roster during the winter season, starting at the end of October.

Bangkok Airways plans to use ATR-72 turboprop aircraft on the three proposed routes.

The launch of Chiang Mai-Bagan and Bangkok-Myeik will further consolidate Bangkok Airways´ coverage in Myanmar, where the group already provides connections to Thailand.

The carrier has been operating five routes to Myanmar: from Bangkok to Yangon, Mandalay and the capital, Nay Pyi Taw; and from Chiang Mai to Yangon and Mandalay.

Bangkok Airways is also in talks with its code-share airline partners, now numbering 21, to craft a plan for the launch of regular flights to the tear-shaped island of Phu Quoc.