AirAsia has added a number of new international routes out of Penang recently, the latest addition of Yangon brings the total to seven, with the first flight due to take off on 22nd March 2016. You can also fly directly to Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Medan, Jakarta, Surabaya and Bangkok from Penang.
With three flights per week into Yangon’s ornate gold coloured airport giving easier access to the city, AirAsia is clearly responding to an uptick in demand for business and tourist travel.
Why visit Yangon?
Yangon was the capital during the glory days of Myanmar up to the middle of the 20th Century, but since then it has fallen into decline as the country was virtually cut off from the rest of the world. This neglect has, however, resulted in the city retaining much of the varied colonial architecture that existed across much of Asia. Hopefully restoration will bring back the beauty and they will not be lost to ‘redevelopment’. The religious buildings have fortunately continued to be well looked after. The Shwedagon Pagoda with its gold leaf covering, inset with hundreds of precious stones, many of them large – diamonds and rubies for starters.
Sule Road, in the centre of the old city, is a religious melting pot, with mosque, pagoda and church keeping each other company, almost side by side. Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is a great starting point to visit other locations in the country – Inle Lake perhaps, or maybe Mandalay or Bagan, both with their multitude of beautiful pagodas, some of which date back well over a thousand years.
To celebrate the launch of the new route, AirAsia is offering promotional all-in one-way fares from RM99 for online bookings made by 24th January 2016 for travel between 22nd March 2016 and 5th February 2017. Bookings can also be made through AirAsia’s mobile apps on iPhone and Android devices, as well as AirAsia’s mobile site.
…. We are committed to grow our network and serve the Asean community better, apart from strengthening our secondary hubs in Malaysia. The introduction of this new route from Penang to another IndoChina city reiterates that commitment, as we will also be celebrating the inaugural flight from Penang to Ho Chi Minh City at the end of this month. Yangon, which is Myanmar’s largest city is becoming an increasingly popular leisure destination among travellers in the region. We are confident that the direct connectivity between both cities will stimulate leisure and business activities, as this will be Malaysia’s second direct flight into Yangon. Spencer Lee, Head of Commercial for AirAsia Berhad
Flight Schedule for Penang, Malaysia (PEN) – Yangon, Myanmar (RGN)
|AK 1508||PEN||RGN||1200hrs (12 noon)||1245hrs (12:45pm)||Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday|
|AK 1509||RGN||PEN||1310hrs (1:10pm)||1700hrs (5pm)||Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday|
All times are local time at respective destinations.