MYANMAR and India are working together to promote tourism through a new charter service linking Mandalay and the north-east state of Manipur in India, the launch of which has been postponed.
Golden Myanmar Airlines’ commencement of a twice-weekly charter service on Airbus A320 and a 69-seater ATR 72-690 aircraft was slated for June 27 but is now to take off on July 3 while the airline finalises preparations with Indian authorities.
Aung Gyi, the carrier’s managing director, said: “We are postponing the launch until further notice from our partner in India. (When we get clearance) we will operate two charter flights a week, and passengers will get visa on arrival in Imphal.”
Manipur has also relaxed the Protected Area Permit system for Myanmar citizens and offers them a two-year visa on arrival, while the Airports Authority of India is planning to reduce the value-added tax on aviation turbine fuel for this new route.
Meanwhile, vast expanses of land around the Imphal International Airport are being acquired for runway expansion and additional airport facilities. Long-term plans are in place to expand the Imphal flight network to international destinations including neighbouring Myanmar as well as Thailand and Singapore.