Changi is first overseas stop for Golden Myanmar Airlines

SINGAPORE - Golden Myanmar Airlines is the latest air carrier to fly into Singapore. Its first flight touched down at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 last Friday.

The airline, one of eight in Myanmar, has chosen Changi Airport as its first international port-of-call.

The daily A320 service will have connecting flights from Singapore via Yangon to Mandalay, the financial capital of Myanmar.

Myanmar's other airlines are, Air Bagan, Air KBZ, Asian Wings Airways, Air Mandalay, Myanma Airways, Myanmar Airways International and Yangon Airways.

The start of Golden Myanmar flights to Singapore comes at an opportune time as Myanmar gears up to accelerate socio-economic development in the country.

Furthermore, bilateral trade between the two countries increased 8.6 per cent last year, compared to 2011.

The new service will further enhance Singapore's position as a key gateway to South-east Asia and will bring the number of cities in the region that is connected to Changi Airport to 47, said Changi Airport Group (CAG) yesterday in announcing the start of the service.

Golden Myanmar's managing director Aung Gyi said: "We plan to use Singapore as an extended gateway into Myanmar's leading commercial cities and we also hope to reach other parts of Asia from Changi Airport."

CAG senior vice-president for market development Lim Ching Kiat added: "This is a significant milestone for us given the tremendous growth opportunities for business and leisure travel between Singapore and Myanmar."

Passenger movements between Singapore and Myanmar have seen positive growth in recent years.

From 2008 to 2012, passenger traffic between both countries increased by 17 per cent year-on-year on a compounded basis.

Passenger movements rose by 22.8 per cent annually in 2012, reaching 406,000 movements.

Other than Golden Myanmar, four other airlines fly between the two countries - Singapore Airlines, Jetstar Asia, SilkAir and Myanmar Airways International.

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