flydubai Launches Daily Direct Flights between Dubai and Yangon; Includes Southeast Asia in its Routes Network
Dec 11, 2019

YANGON, 10 December 2019 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (“YACL”), operator of Yangon International Airport (“YIA”), today welcomes the first inaugural flight of flydubai, a governmentowned budget airline, direct from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This marks flydubai’s first scheduled daily flight in Southeast Asia.

flydubai will take over the Dubai-Yangon direct flights from Emirates and will increase its flight frequency to daily from four flights per week between the two cities. The two airlines will now codeshare the Dubai-Yangon-Dubai route from today.

The budget airline will utilise next-generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft for the flights, which can carry up to 174 passengers. The flights will take approximately 5 hours and 35 minutes. Yangon International Airport “YIA” received 4,665 passengers from Middle East Nationality and the arrival grew by 8% compared to the same January – October period last year according to the source from Ministry of Hotels & Tourism.

Flight Schedule (Local Time)
Daily Flights
Flight No. Route ETA ETD
FZ1585 DXB – RGN - KBV 18:35 19:40
FZ1586 KBV – RGN - DXB 00:45 01:50

"Inauguration Ceremony"
A senior delegation led by Mr. Sudhir Sreedharan, flydubai’s Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations (UAE, GCC, Subcontinent and Africa) was onboard the inaugural flight. His Excellency U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister of Yangon Region, Her Excellency Daw Nilar Kyaw, Minister of Electricity, Industry, Roads and Transport, U Htun Myint Naing, Chairman of Asia World Group of Companies, Mr. Jose Angeja, Chief Operating Officer of YACL and officials from Department of Civil Aviation greeted and welcomed the delegation upon their arrival at YIA.

An event to celebrate the occasion of flydubai’s inaugural flight was held at YIA’s Terminal 1. The opening address was officiated by His Excellency U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister of Yangon Region. Following the opening address, Mr. Sudhir Sreedharan, CCO of flydubai and Mr. Jose Angeja, COO of YACL delivered the welcoming remarks. Officials from flydubai and YACL, media friends and honorable guests were also present.

His Excellency U Phyo Min Thein said “Yangon International Airport plays an essential role in the tourism development of Myanmar. The airport is a gateway to international travel. We want to extend a warm welcome to flydubai's inaugural flight today and give thanks to developing our tourism sector, and secondly, recognizing Dubai as an international transit hub.”

Mr. Jose Angeja, Chief Operating Officer of Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited; Operator of Yangon International Airport said: “We are delighted to receive a new international airliner, which will not only maintain a direct flight to Middle East - Dubai, as the main feeder of the European and American markets to Yangon, but also for adding a new route to Krabi (Thailand), increasing YIA’s connections portfolio, which will definitely increase the number of passengers and visitors to Myanmar, as well as promote tourism in this particular case, amongst the three regions.”

Myanmar is becoming a popular tourist destination, due to its pristine and untouched beaches, natural topography, deep culture and astounding Buddhist temples and monasteries.” He added.

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About flydubai
From its home in Dubai, flydubai has created a network of more than 90 destinations and over the next decade the airline will see its fleet grow by up to 296 aircraft. Since commencing operations in June 2009, flydubai has been committed to removing barriers to travel, creating free flows of trade and tourism and enhancing connectivity between different cultures across its ever-expanding network

About Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL)

Setting the standard for high performance
Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL) operates and manages Yangon International Airport (YIA), the gateway to Myanmar. As the company responsible for Myanmar’s busiest airport, YACL sets the standard for YIA as a high-performing aviation hub, built on a foundation of daily excellence in infrastructure, operations and management.

Strategically located between India and China, Myanmar is less than six hours by air from two-thirds of the world’s population. With Myanmar gaining popularity as a travel destination, YACL is committed to scaling up YIA’s handling capacity for visitor traffic while continuously providing quality experiences for passengers and airlines alike.

YIA has 47 retail and service stores and 23 F&B outlets. With 37 international airlines connecting Myanmar to 37 destinations, YIA served a total of 6.035 million passengers in 2018.

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